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Ex-Ga. Aquarium employee convicted of stealing $250,000

Ex-Ga. Aquarium employee convicted of stealing $250,000

ATLANTA -- A former Georgia Aquarium account assistant pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $250,000 from the facility.

Marina Magvrone Davis, 24, was convicted of 11 counts of theft by taking and one count of violating Georgia's RICO Act.

The defendant was responsible for processing Georgia Aquarium customers' credit card refunds. Between February 2012 and January 2013, Davis processed about 114 fraudulent refunds to more than a dozen debit cards linked to bank accounts she opened with her roommate, 25-year-old Ebone Curtisha Ray.

A Georgia Aquarium manager discovered the discrepancies after Davis quit her job, according to prosecutors. The aquarium hired a forensic accounting firm to investigate.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Davis to 20 years, with four to serve in prison. She must also pay $110,000 in restitution, and is not allowed to pursue a trust or fiduciary job during her sentence.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Atlanta Police looking for Subway robbers

Atlanta Police looking for Subway robbers

ATLANTA -- Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is offering a reward for the arrests and indictments of two men accused of robbing a Subway.

The suspects hit the restaurant at 74 Northside Drive SW shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. One of the men was armed with a silver chrome pistol.

Police described one suspect as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, with a medium to dark complexion. He was about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds, with a thin mustache and tattoos near his eyebrows.

The second suspect was a black man, 21 to 30 years old, with a light complexion, medium build and mustache.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

RELATED | Atlanta Police Department hires 24 new officers

Fourth murder in three months on same street

Fourth murder in three months on same street

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Along McDaniel Street, near Atlanta's Castleberry Hill neighborhood, crime is a common occurrence.

But what has happened in the last few months has even Atlanta Police befuddled.

Saturday night's triple shooting is the latest to strike the area. Donovan Thomas, 27, was killed. Two others, including a 14-year-old boy, were also shot.

"It appears the victims were the intended target, the motive right now is unknown," said Lt. Charles Hampton, Homicide Commander for APD.

It's on the same street where three other murders have happened recently.

On Oct. 7, 62-year-old Obie Phillips was shot and killed in front of the JVC Grocery Store on McDaniel Street in an apparent drive-by. Police say he wasn't the intended victim.

A month later, on Nov. 15, 21-year-old Nicholas Green was killed while riding with his brother.

Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

ATLANTA -- Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation's former payroll director has been found guilty of stealing nearly half a million dollars from the Atlanta hospital.

Donald Thomas, 55, was convicted of six counts each of theft and wire fraud, and two counts of bank fraud. He will be sentenced in February.

According to information presented in federal court, from January 2008 to June 2011, Thomas oversaw payroll for Grady's 5,500 employees. During that time, he made 134 fraudulent payments to himself by removing fired employees' bank account numbers from their payroll records and replacing them with his own.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Thomas added vacation and severance pay for the former Grady employees, which was deposited into his personal bank account. In at least two instances, he created paper checks for payments to terminated employees, forged their signatures and took the money.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: