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It’s official: Riggins, Baker indicted by Grand Jury

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It is now official.  Embattled school board member Velvet Riggins has been indicted on multiple charges which include public record fraud, two counts of theft by taking, and providing false information to obtain free school meals by a child according to a report on the Albany Herald’s website.

Also indicted is Morningside Elementary principal Gloria Baker, and her husband John Baker. Gloria Baker was indicted on the same charges as Riggins, though she had three counts of public record fraud and two counts of providing false information to go along with the two counts of theft by taking.

The allegations against Riggins and Baker stirred many in the community as more allegations came forward from anonymous sources that these were not isolated actions, but were instead a relatively common practice among many in the Dougherty County School System.

In addition to Baker and Riggins, Baker’s husband was charged with two counts each of public record fraud and providing false information in addition to a count of theft by taking.

The Journal will continue to monitor this story for further updates.

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