Camp conspired to steal from mental health agency

Updated: September 16, 2005, 12:31 PM ET
Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp was sentenced to federal prison for just more than three years for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental health agency.

Camp, who pitched for the Braves for two stretches -- 1976 to 1978 and 1980 to 1985, was a former lobbyist. He was sentenced Thursday along with four others, among them former state Rep. Robin Williams, who was sentenced to 10 years.

The five were convicted this year of conspiring to siphon the money from the former Community Mental Health Center. Prosecutors said C. Michael Brockman and Williams received kickbacks for setting up friends with jobs and lucrative, unearned contracts.

Camp, 52, spent all nine of his years in the majors with Atlanta. A right-hander, he was 56-49 with a 3.37 ERA. His most wins in one season came in 1982 when he went 11-13. The Braves made it to the playoffs that year, and Camp lost one game to St. Louis in the NL Championship Series.

The federal prosecution was a joint state-federal effort that began after The Augusta Chronicle's investigation detected wrongdoing at the Mental Health Center, where Brockman was once executive director.

Brockman was sentenced to six years; local pharmacist Duncan Fordham got 4 years and 4 months; and lobbyist Chad Long, grandson of former state House Speaker Tom Murphy, received 2 years, 9 months.

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