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One of the developers of The Preserve in Rising Fawn is pleading for leniency on his conviction of fraud.

Josh Dobson stated at his sentencing hearing last week that “What started out as a dream had become my worst nightmare.”

Dobson’s 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.

The sentencing 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 pre-sentence report.

Dobson and Gott were found guilty on seven fraud counts and not guilty on five others.

During the 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.

While defense 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 sentenced.

The Preserve 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.






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