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Camp's conviction upheld by appeals court

3/13/2007 - Atlanta Braves

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.