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Rudy claims belongings are missing

Sheriff Larry Waller and his criminal investigations division commander Todd Pippin spent 45 minutes in executive session with the Lamar County commission Tuesday night. The commission returned after the closed session and adjourned without comment but the session was apparently about property claims filed by former Milner restauranteur and ex-convict Randolph (Rudy) Vaughn. Vaughn has reportedly claimed, through his legal counsel, that many of his belongings disappeared or were illegally seized while he was in prison or were not returned to his home as negotiated in his plea agreement. Vaughn, once a paving contractor who did extensive business with the county, was most recently released from prison September 14. He pleaded guilty on April 19, 2007 to three counts of theft by receiving stolen property and theft of services to avoid trial on multiple charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a multi-state cargo theft ring. That plea netted Vaughn a 10-year prison sentence. Vaughn also agreed to pay the county $100,000 to satisfy the racketeering liens against his property and deeded his restaurant to the county which later sold it at auction. Vaughn’s live-in girlfriend, Peggy Ann Dorsett, reportedly maintained his residence on Old Alabama Road near Milner during his most recent incarceration. She had originally been charged in the racketeering scheme but charges against her were dropped as part of Vaughn’s plea deal. Vaughn did a prior stretch in the Georgia prison system for sale and distribution of narcotics and illegal possession of machine guns. More on this story as it develops.

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