Four indicted on fraud charges
March 28, 2013 11:58 PM | 3863 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From staff reports

MARIETTA — A Kennesaw woman charged with multiple felonies for trying to steal properties around metro Atlanta is now facing a new indictment that she and several cohorts engaged in fraud and intimidation in trying to have those charges dropped.

A Cobb County grand jury Thursday indicted Susan Weidman of Kennesaw; and Giulio Greye, Ian Greye, and Matthew Lowery, all of Decatur, on charges of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

According to a release from Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds, all are charged with engaging in acts involving theft; making fraudulent representations; attempting to intimidate or impede officers of the court in performing their duties; and committing mail fraud.

Among the charges leveled against Weidman was that she allegedly forged the signature of a federal judge as part of her efforts to defraud multiple jurisdictions out of $75 million.

Weidman was already under an existing Cobb County criminal indictment, charged with multiple felonies related to her attempts to cancel the mortgages on her home on Chastain Pointe in Kennesaw. She and her co-defendants are also under existing DeKalb criminal indictment, charged with breaking into foreclosed homes in DeKalb, Forsyth and Fulton counties and attempting to steal those properties with fraudulent paperwork.

The indictment issued Thursday alleges that beginning in June 2012 — while under the existing felony indictments — Weidman filed a federal lawsuit against Cobb Superior Court Judge Dorothy Robinson, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie, Cobb and DeKalb counties, and the State of Georgia, demanding that all criminal charges against her be dropped and seeking damages of $300 million.

Weidman’s suit was dismissed on Aug. 31. But she later filed affidavits with the court demanding a default judgment of $75 million be entered in her favor. Her three codefendants also sought to join her lawsuit.

Through a series of letters to a U.S. District Court clerk, Weidman allegedly made claims that she had been awarded the judgments, which included $50 million against the state, $10 million against DeKalb County, $10 million against DeKalb judge Barrie and $5 million against Cobb judge Robinson. In one correspondence demanding payment, she allegedly wrote the name of federal Judge Charles Pannell on the form where his signature would go.

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin is prosecuting the case, which was assigned to Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole.

If convicted of all charges, each defendant could face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

Weidman is being held in Cobb County Jail without bond. Her three co-defendants are already in custody in the DeKalb County jail.
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