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Quinn pleads guilty to theft, RICO charge
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 28, 2014 | 1758 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Baldwin County man is on his way to prison after pleading guilty to theft by taking and a separate racketeering charge.

Clifton Vance Quinn was in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 7. The theft by taking case to which he pled was actually a Baldwin County case that involved eight separate victims. As part of a plea negotiation, he pled guilty to the first count and the seven remaining counts were dismissed. He was sentenced to 10 years for the crime with two years to serve in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin told the court that part of the plea negotiation was restitution to the victims in the amount of $13,938, and the defendant actually presented the court with a certified check in that amount. Because the restitution has been paid, the prosecutor said that case would terminate following the service of the two years in prison.

The second case was a Jones County Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations charge, and Baskin said Quinn was a low level offender who was considered a casual user. He was sentenced to 10 years with two years to serve in that case, to run consecutively with the first case.

In a story about the RICO arrests in The Jones County News, 40 individuals were indicted by a grand jury Jan. 7 for two counts of violations of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. A total of 50 defendants were arrested beginning Oct. 22, 2013, but 10 of them resolved their cases before the grand jury met in January.

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