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Atlanta, GA (February 8, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Monday, February 7, 2022. Christian Eppinger, age 22, of Atlanta, is in custody and an Atlanta police officer is shot.
Fulton County, GA (February 1, 2022) – An eight-month investigation conducted by the GBI Cyber Crime Center (G3C) has resulted in the arrest of Bobby G. Umogbai, age 24, for his role in a $1 million business email compromise (BEC) scheme. Umogbai was arrested and charged with Theft by Deception (Felony) and Theft by Taking (Felony).
Baxley, GA (February 8 , 2022) – The GBI is conducting an aggravated assault investigation in Appling County. On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to investigate allegations of an assault on an inmate that occurred on January 29, 2022. Appling County Jailor William Rentz, 60, was arrested on one count of Aggravated Assault, one count of Violation of Oath of Office, and one count of Battery.
The inmate was identified as Tremar A. Harris, 37, of Baxley, GA. The preliminary investigation by GBI agents revealed that Rentz assaulted Harris while Harris was being restrained. Rentz was processed on the charges at the Appling County Jail.
Commerce, GA (February 8, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Banks County, GA. The Banks County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. A Henderson, NC man and a Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputy were both shot.
Conyers, GA (February 4, 2022) – An investigation conducted by the GBI Cyber Crime Center (G3C) and the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has resulted in the arrests of Lamarion Deandre Weems, age 35, and Destiny Weems, age 29, both of Atlanta, for Identity Theft Fraud and Making a False Statement in an Application for an ID Card.
Dawson, GA (February 3, 2022) – The GBI has charged Nakia West, age 26, of Albany, GA with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault in connection with the death of Annie Josie Chappell. He was arrested in Greenville, Virginia and is currently being held at the Augusta County (VA) Jail pending extradition proceedings. He is also facing a charge of Grand Larceny in Virginia. Authorities in Greenville, VA saw the car from the BOLO (attached) related to this investigation and took West into custody. He was the only person in the car.
The GBI investigation remains active and ongoing.
Dawson, GA (February 1, 2022) – The GBI is investigating the death of Annie Josie Chappell, age 59, of Dawson, GA. On Monday, January 31, 2022, the Dawson Police Department asked the GBI to assist in this death investigation.
At 2:22 p.m., the Dawson Police Department responded to an unresponsive person call at 419 Boundary Street in Dawson. When they arrived, Chappell was found deceased inside the house. She lived alone.
Chappell’s car, a 2006 Black Hyundai Elantra, is missing and police issued a BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for the car. The car has a Georgia temporary tag (C0521643).
A GBI Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy.
Reidsville, GA (February 3, 2022) – On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Everette Demetrius Rollinson, age 42, of Reidsville, GA, was arrested following a drug investigation initiated by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO) assisted by the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia Department of Community Supervision. During this investigation, a search warrant was executed at 147 Mallory Road in Reidsville, GA. GBI agents seized a quantity of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, multi-colored tablets suspected to be ecstasy, marijuana, drug related paraphernalia consistent with distribution, and a firearm. Rollinson was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Related Objects, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Griffin, GA (February 3, 2022) – The GBI arrested Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mason Keith Lumpkin, 26, of Griffin, GA, for one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and one count of Electronically Furnishing Obscene Materials to a Minor on February 1, 2022. Lumpkin was immediately terminated from the department and booked into the Spalding County Jail.
Warwick, GA (February 2, 2022) – On Friday, January 28, 2022, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SWRDEO), arrested Leon Mitchell, age 32, of Albany, GA on the following charges:
Two counts of sale/distribution of marijuana, one count possession with intent to distribute marijuana, four counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts violation of oath of office, and two counts use of a communication device during the commission of a felony.
Lawrenceville, GA (February 2, 2022) – A year-long investigation conducted by the GBI Cyber Crime Center (G3C) has resulted in the arrest of Ngozi Patience Ogbo, age 47, of Lawrenceville, for four counts of Theft by Taking (Four Felony Counts) and one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony.
In February 2021, the GBI began investigating a Business Email Compromise (BEC) cyber fraud that targeted the City of Newnan. The theft from the City of Newnan amounted to $175,603 of which $135,586 was recovered by law enforcement.
The investigation resulted in the identification of at least five additional victims in multiple states outside of Georgia who suffered combined losses of approximately $95,748.80. In each instance, Ogbo is accused of acting as a facilitator (commonly known as a “Money Mule”) to move the stolen funds from the victims to other participants located both within the United States and abroad.
Ogbo will face these charges in Gwinnett County.
The investigation was conducted in coordination with the GBI Columbus investigative office, United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Cyber Fraud Task Force of the Georgia Attorney General.