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Woman shot at Roswell gas station

Woman shot at Roswell gas station

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A woman was shot in the arm outside a Roswell gas station overnight.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot at around 11:45 p.m. Monday at the Chevron at the corner of Holcomb Bridge and Dogwood roads near Georgia 400.

Roswell Police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said the victim was with her husband when she was shot. The husband drove her back to their Holcomb Ferry Road home and called the police.

An ambulance took the victim from her house to a nearby hospital. Holland said the woman is expected to recover.

Police did not immediately have a motive for the shooting. Two men were seen running from the gas station shortly after the woman was shot, but no one has been arrested, according to Holland.

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Doctor sentenced for Medicare fraud

Doctor sentenced for Medicare fraud

ROSWELL, Ga. -- An Atlanta doctor has been sentenced to 50 months in prison for defrauding Medicare and the IRS.

Lawrence Eppelbaum, 54, of Roswell must also pay a $3.5 million fine after being convicted of 27 counts of healthcare fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.

Eppelbaum operated the Atlanta Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIMR) and the Pain Clinic of AIMR. In 2004, he created a program called the Back Pain Fund, which transported patients between his Buckhead clinic and a hot spring in Florida. Despite labeling the fund a charity, Eppelbaum paid the vast majority of its operating expenses.

According to information presented in federal court, Eppelbaum entered into an arrangement with the Torah Day School in northeast Atlanta, where the parents of students would make their tuition checks payable to the Back Pain Fund instead of the school. In return, Eppelbaum repaid the school for the amount of the tuition plus 25 percent.

2 indicted for mortgage fraud scheme targeting elderly

2 indicted for mortgage fraud scheme targeting elderly

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Two north Fulton County residents have been indicted for running a mortgage fraud scheme that targeted senior citizens.

Edmund Chatham of Roswell and Steven Connelly of Alpharetta each face one count of racketeering.

Prosecutors say the two defendants tried to obtain payouts from mortgage lenders for reverse mortgages. Between January 2008 and January 2009, Chatham and Connelly helped senior citizens buy five houses in Atlanta, then persuaded the victims to get the reverse mortgages using fraudulently inflated appraisals.

A reverse mortgage allows a homeowner to borrow a percentage of a home's equity while still being allowed to live there. Seniors who are at least 62 years old may be eligible for reverse mortgages, according to the Georgia Attorney General's office.

Chatham and Connelly are accused of taking proceeds and fees from the reverse mortgages at closings while giving little or none of the money to their victims.

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- A serial robber isn't making it hard for police to tie all of his robberies together. So far police believe the suspect has robbed seven gas stations or drug stores since December 10, 2013.

Five different police agencies have tied the cases together from surveillance video and descriptions from victims and witnesses in the seven robberies.

He walks into the stores and demands money from the clerk and then walks out with only a handful of cash. Police said he is rarely violent. In one robbery he knocked over a display case when the clerk didn't comply with his demands.

Man wanted for robberies in Marietta, Roswell

Man wanted for robberies in Marietta, Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Police believe the same man is responsible for a gas station robbery in Cobb County and a pharmacy robbery in Fulton County.

Roswell police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said a suspect robbed the CVS in the 1300 block of Woodstock Road on Sunday. He pointed a gun at a cashier and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspect then got away in an older model green or blue hatchback car with a female passenger inside.

The man was caught on surveillance video walking into the store.

Holland said investigators think the same man robbed the Shell station in the 2600 block of Windy Hill Road in Marietta at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

In that case, the suspect made a small purchase at the station's convenience store; when the register opened, he pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said the man drove away in a black car, possibly a Toyota, with a spoiler on the back.

Man sentenced for selling machines to Iran

Man sentenced for selling machines to Iran

ROME, Ga. -- A metro Atlanta man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for conspiring to sell machines to Iran in violation of a U.S. trade embargo.

Mark Mason Alexander, 53, of Roswell was sentenced Monday. He will spend three years on supervised release after getting out of prison.

According to information presented in court, Alexander, also known as Musa Mahmood Ahmed, was CEO of Hydrajet Mena, a company based in the United Arab Emirates.

Between October 2006 and June 2008, Alexander conspired with two Iranian businessmen to sell Hydrajet cutting systems to customers in Iran, in direct violation of the United States' trade embargo against the country.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said an investigation revealed the machines were manufactured in Dalton. Alexander reportedly had the machines trans-shipped to Iran via his company in the United Arab Emirates.

Bodies of missing boy, father found in Roswell

Bodies of missing boy, father found in Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The bodies of a missing Roswell boy and his father were found by police as they searched for the child Friday morning.

Roswell police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said the bodies were found about half a mile from the Old Holcomb Bridge Way apartment complex where 4-year-old Jesus Dominguez was taken Thursday afternoon. She said the child and his father Carlos Dominguez appear to have been killed in a murder-suicide.

Dominguez was discovered missing from the apartment around 4:30 p.m. Authorities discovered Dominguez's mother unresponsive and transported her to a local medical center. She is listed in serious condition. Holland said she'd been badly beaten.

The Levi's Call for Jesus Dominguez was cancelled at 1 p.m. Friday.