Tony McKibben pled guilty today before Judge Jackson Bedford in Fulton Superior Court to one count of racketeering. McKibben received a ten year sentence, with the first four months to be spent in the Fulton County Diversion Center. He is also to pay a $5,000 fine. The first five years of his probation will be under maximum supervision.
The case originated when Lieutenant David Akins of the Jackson, Georgia Police Department noticed that individuals who he knew to have suspended driver's licenses were driving on apparently valid driver's licenses. Sergeant James Morgan of the Georgia Department of Public Safety investigated the case, and discovered that all of the licenses had been reinstated by Angela Grier, a reinstatement specialist with the Department of Public Safety.
Grier was ultimately charged with Racketeering in that she accepted bribes and falsified the computerized Department of Public Safety driving records of at least fifteen individuals, allowing them to obtain licenses without completing any of the required legal requirements. Additional investigation revealed that Sonji McKibben and Tony McKibben, relatives of Grier, also acted as "go betweens", forwarding money to Grier from individuals to have their licenses illegally reinstated.
Grier and Sonji McKibben previously pled guilty to racketeering charges in December 2006..