Rick Camp loses appeal

Updated: March 13, 2007, 5:16 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld the convictions of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp, ex-state Rep. Robin Williams and another man found guilty of conspiring to steal more than $2 million from an east Georgia mental health agency.

Camp, Williams and Duncan Fordham, an Augusta pharmacist, were sentenced to federal prison in September 2005 for scheming to siphon the money from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. Prosecutors said former center director C. Michael Brockman and Williams set up friends with jobs and lucrative, unearned contracts, and in return received kickbacks.

U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen sentenced Williams to 10 years, while Camp, a former lobbyist, received a term of 37 months. Fordham was sentenced to four years and four months.

In their appeal, the three raised several questions, including whether evidence was sufficient to convict them and whether Bowen should have allowed the cases to be separated.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in an unsigned decision Monday that it found no merit to any of the arguments. The panel included Senior Judge Emmett R. Cox, Judge Joel A. Dubina and U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger of Florida, who was sitting by designation.

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