One of the
developers of The Preserve in Rising Fawn is pleading for leniency on his
conviction of fraud.
stated at his sentencing hearing last week that “What started out as a dream
had become my worst nightmare.”
attorney Jerry Summers is asking Federal Judge Curtis Collier for a sentence of
between 51-63 months while prosecutors are asking for a much longer sentence.
hearing for Dobson and Paul Gott was scheduled to start on Tuesday and is
expected to be lengthy as the defense has filed 28 pages of objection to the
Dobson and Gott
were found guilty on seven fraud counts and not guilty on five others.
trial prosecutors said many investors were told they would get property lots
without having to pay a down payment or make any payments for up to three
years. They were told later that was not the case and found out the property
was valued at far less than the selling price.
The defense is
also objecting to a request that the amount of restitution be set at
$13,747,770.16. Originally the total losses were estimated at over $20 million
but were later revised to $13 million.
attorneys are arguing that Dobson and Gott should go free while the case is
under appeal, prosecutors say they should go into custody as soon as they are
ultimately wound up in bankruptcy, and much of the scenic land in Johnson’s
Crook has gone to a the Georgia Land Trust, a conservation group.