- - Sunday, September 18, 2011


Two accused of using corpse’s card for bar tab

DENVER — Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend and using his ATM card to withdraw $400 at a strip club are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Robert Young and Mark Rubinson are free on bond but couldn’t be reached for comment.

It’s unclear how Jeffrey Jarrett died, but the men aren’t charged in his death.

An affidavit accuses the pair of a real-life version of the film “Weekend at Bernie’s” — leaving Jarrett’s body in the car while they drank at a bar on his tab last month.

Investigators allege the men stopped at a restaurant, dropped his body off at his home and then headed to the strip club before reporting Jarrett’s death.


Ex-congressman gets probation in funds case

ATLANTA — Former U.S. Rep. Pat Swindall has been sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor counts of being involved in illegal campaign contributions.

The Daily Report said in its Friday edition that Mr. Swindall was sentenced Aug. 26 in a scheme alleged to have routed $8,000 in campaign contributions to former Atlanta City Council member Joyce Sheperd.

The newspaper reported that prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges in return for Mr. Swindall’s guilty pleas to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit a crime and two counts of exceeding the maximum allowable campaign contribution.

The sentence came after Mr. Swindall and prosecutors agreed to an Alford plea, a legal maneuver that lets Mr. Swindall maintain his innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence against him.

Mr. Swindall represented a suburban Atlanta district from 1985 to 1989. He later served one year in federal prison after he was convicted in 1992 of perjury.


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