- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County District Attorney’s officials say five people have pleaded guilty to racketeering in a nearly $1.7 million scheme that targeted an organization that supports the disabled.

Officials say Christina Kelly, Tujuana Ross, Rory Ross, Kiante Smith and Tyleshia Avant were each sentenced to prison time, probation and were ordered to pay restitution to the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists organization on Monday. Members of the organization who have lost the use of their hands hold paint brushes in their mouths or feet and sell their artwork to support themselves financially.

District Attorney’s officials say Kelly and Tujuana Ross worked for MFPA and funneled the group’s checks into a fraudulent bank account. The women would then write checks from the account or use debit cards connected to the account.


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