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Georgia Supreme Court OKs private probation

...fees. The justices closed the door on rearrest but left open garnishment of wages and liens against property such as bank accounts as ways probation companies can seek what they claim is owed them.Both sides had been unhappy with the outcome of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-11-24/georgia-supreme-court-
Rants & Raves

Comments from readers:A LOCAL BANK put a freeze on my Social Security check and closed my bank account after we deposited a check we received. The person who sent the check to my husband did not have funds in their account to cover...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-11-19/rants-raves
Ex-Gulfstream officer arrested

...scheme, according to Ebadi.The Associated Press reported that another co-conspirator, who was authorized to handle bank accounts for phony companies and rented mail boxes where checks from Gulfstream were sent, is believed to run an Orange County...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-11-12/ex-gulfstream-officers-arres
Georgia House District 125 incumbent Earnest Smith dogged by campaign financial reporting issues

...years.Johnson said Smith asked him to serve as treasurer when he first ran for office in 2009 and opened a campaign bank account. Smith was running unopposed to complete the unexpired term of then-Rep. Hardie Davis, who resigned to run for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/politics/2014-11-01/georgia-house-district-125-incu
Ga. man sentenced for voucher fraud

...undercover agents who were posing as recipients of the government benefit and deposited the vouchers in the business' bank account. WIC is a federal program meant to support low-income women and children. Benton was convicted of theft of public...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-10-31/ga-man-sentenced-voucher-fra
Former Hancock County probate judge pleads guilty to stealing county funds

...plea agreement, Rice was responsible for collecting fines and fees and depositing those funds into the probate court bank account. But according to an FBI investigation in 2012, authorities say Rice failed to deposit $43,864.70 into the account...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-10-23/former-hancock-county-
Jury acquits former UBS executive in IRS offshore tax evasion probe

...provided U.S. officials with a vast trove of information that pierced the veil of secrecy that has long hidden Swiss bank accounts. Birkenfeld nevertheless served more than 2½ years in federal prison for his role in the tax evasion, but then was...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-03/jury-acquits-former-ubs-ex
Lindsey Graham focuses on getting South Carolina voters to polls

...more than $1 million each quarter as he geared up for re-election. Graham also still has about $3 million in his bank account and has raised more than $13 million since his last election. Hutto raised less than $200,000 during the same period...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2014-10-18/lindsey-graham
UGA athlete accounts hacked

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia police said they are investigating a case in which thieves accessed the bank accounts of UGA athletes to apparently launder fraudulent checks.The two athletes learned of the scheme when they attempted...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-10-16/uga-athlete-accounts-robbed
Bottom Line

You need a photo ID to open a bank account, buy a car, get on a plane, adopt a pet and myriad other routine transactions ? including applying for food stamps.But anyone...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-09-23/bottom-line