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Man faces felony charges for allegedly giving false information

In Jan. 2013, the body of a high school student was located rolled up in a gym mat in a Georgia high school. Another boy who was apparently a student at the time of the incident was brought in for questioning after telling some of his neighbors that he had heard two other students discussing the hand that they had allegedly had in the boy’s death. However, police recently arrested the student who provided police with a statement on felony charges.

Initially, the now 19-year-old male disclosed the first names of two students who he claimed to overhear discussing the other student’s death. When police went looking for those two students, they could only locate one with the same name, and he denied ever saying anything of the sort. After that, police re-questioned the man who had originally given them that statement.

Employees of Peanut Corporation of America face criminal charges

Several employees as well as the owner of the company, Peanut Corporation of America, were recently indicted for a salmonella outbreak that stemmed from one of the company's plants in Georgia. However, criminal charges are rarely -- if ever -- brought forward in cases of food-borne illnesses. The charges, which are being prosecuted in federal court, include fraud and conspiracy as well as other accusations.

Apparently, federal investigators were able to gain access to the emails of those charged and allegedly discovered what they believed to be criminal intent with regard to the distribution of salmonella tainted peanuts. According to the investigation, after some peanuts tested positive for salmonella, they were subjected to later tests that produced different results. One of those involved, the only individual who appears to have admitted any wrongdoing, wrote an email concerning the detrimental financial impact that the salmonella issue was causing the company.

University of Georgia student faces felony charges

A college basketball player was cut from his team after drug-related allegations led to his arrest. Facing felony charges for possessing marijuana, the University of Georgia student has maintained his innocence while also apologizing for any negative attention that has been cast onto the school. For unknown reasons, he had apparently been suspended for multiple games during the previous year’s season.

At around 2 a.m., an officer approached the student’s vehicle to request that he move it out of a parking spot that had been designated for motorcycles only. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer claimed that he smelled marijuana coming from some of the rolled down windows. When he tried to investigate a backpack that was in the man’s car, he was instructed that he was not authorized to search it.

Woman killed on film set, producers indicted on criminal charges

Deaths on the big screen might not faze some viewers, but a death behind the camera of a film might surprise some. Recently, a woman working on a film set in Georgia lost her life in a tragic accident. Although the death occurred in February, the producers of the film have only recently been indicted on criminal charges related to her death.

The incident apparently occurred while filming was taking place on some railroad tracks. Without warning, a train appeared, striking various crew members. Many were injured, and the woman in question -- who was working as a camera assistant at the time -- was killed. The producers of the film, who are also husband and wife, have since cancelled filming and terminated the movie altogether.

Child left in hot car dies, father faces criminal charges

Most Americans know that, when the temperature outside rises, the temperature inside of a locked car can climb even higher. However, in such a time-constrained and stressful world, unfortunate accidents can occur. A Georgia father apparently made a fatal mistake on his way to work, and he now faces criminal charges for his child's tragic death.

That mistake claimed by the 33-year-old father was failing to drop his son off at daycare before heading to work. He reported to his place of employment at about 9 a.m., and the temperature outside began to climb up to 88 degrees. Police report that the 22-month-old boy was left in the vehicle for roughly seven hours without air conditioning.

Drug charges handed to pharmacy owner and 4 others

A Georgia pharmacy and its owner were recently were targeted in an investigation at the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency. Along with other state agencies, the investigation ultimately concluded with the arrest of the owner as well as four other individuals. The drug charges stem from allegations of diverting controlled substances.

Two of those who authorities say were involved in the ordeal were arrested following a traffic stop. Police claim that they found 1,000 tablets of hydrocodone in the men’s possession that they believe were diverted from a local pharmacy. The following day, police arrested the pharmacy’s owner.

Nine indicted on criminal charges for tax fraud

Many people in the United States celebrate Memorial Day to honor those who have lost their lives in order to serve their country. However, some Georgia individuals have been accused of taking advantage of the time that some military members spend overseas in order to commit tax fraud. Those alleged to have facilitated the fraud were arrested and are currently facing criminal charges.

So far, nine people have been indicted for filing fraudulent tax returns. One of those charged is a former employee of the hospital at Fort Benning while two others worked at a calling center for a credit card company. Some of the identities were stolen from the calling center while others were stolen from military members who had reported for medical exams before they had to deploy overseas, mostly to the Middle East.

Georgia tax preparers face criminal charges for tax fraud

Two women were recently arrested in connection with alleged tax fraud that apparently stemmed from a local tax office. The Georgia women were arrested on criminal charges of fraud and computer forgery for supposed tax-related crimes that may have dated back to 2011. Reportedly, one of the two appears to have been in trouble with the police before.

The women in question worked as tax preparers at a local office at the time that the fraud is alleged to have happened. Authorities say that the she and another woman created and submitted falsified W-2 forms and tax returns to the Georgia Department of Revenue in order to receive refunds. Refunds were issued to multiple personal and business accounts that were held in the name of the women.

Father, son's criminal defense claims they didn't commit crime

A Georgia man claims that the only thing that he and his son are guilty of is trying to be helpful. Georgia police apparently say differently, as the two have been charged for transporting a deceased bear to another state. However, the two men may not have been the ones who actually transported the bear to another state, and their criminal defense seemed quick to point that out.

The two men do admit to baiting bears, but say that they've never actually killed one. In a similar fashion to fisherman who catch fish and then throw them back into the lake, the hunters' dogs chased the bears into trees before being called off, allowing the bears to go on about their business. They even had an eager customer who seemed particularly excited about witnessing a treed bear. The customer was eventually left at the baiting area alone, which is when the trouble apparently began.

Georgia man facing felonies for snapping pictures in bathroom

Bathroom stalls can provide users a sense of privacy in an otherwise public restroom. Recently, a Georgia man claims to have had the privacy shattered after he reported that another man took photos of him while he was in a bathroom stall. The supposed photo taker was arrested and is facing felonies over the alleged pictures.

The apparent victim was using the restroom at a Georgia mall when he felt the urge to glance up. When he did, he saw a cell phone aimed right at him. Another man in the restroom claims to have witnessed this act, and says that the accused was taking pictures.