The FBI announced on Thursday that they believe a former Gwinnett County resident and lab owner who allegedly violated his pre-trial release while facing fraud charges in New Orleans may be back in the Atlanta area, and they are asking for help to find him.
Federal officials said Khalid Ahmed Satary was indicted on several charges in the New Orleans-based United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in September 2019. He was one of 35 people indicted at that time for their involvement in a scheme where about $2.1 billion in claims were filed with Medicare for fraudulent cancer gene tests for elderly people.
A warrant for Satary's arrest was issued on Nov. 23 for the pre-trial release violation. The FBI field office in Miami is leading the search for Satary, but anyone who knows where he is located can contact any FBI office, including the one in Atlanta. At the time of the 2019 indictment, federal officials called it one of the largest health care fraud schemes they have ever seen. The charges from the case were spread across five federal court districts in Louisiana, Georgia and Florida.
Satary, in particular, is facing the following charges: conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud; health care fraud; conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive illegal health care kickbacks; and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
Satary was running Clio Laboratories, which was located in the Gwinnett Progress Center on Hurricane Shoals Road, when the indictment came down.
In addition to the Atlanta area, other places the FBI said Satary may have headed to include: Houston, Texas; Delray Beach, Fla.; and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Gwinnett County police are looking for a motive after a man was stabbed to death at a Norcross area extended stay in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
Fifty-year-old Duluth resident Marvin Hollie was arrested for the stabbing, which left Tyler Summerour, 28, dead. Hollie was charged with aggravated assault, malice murder and felony murder.
Police said they were called to the Norcross Extended Stay, located at 2250 Pelican Way, shortly after 3:20 a.m. Wednesday. Valle said the reason for the stabbing is unknown, and homicide detectives are exploring all motives. Police are asking anyone with information to share in the case to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300.
Harbins Elementary School teacher Melissa Barth was recently named a 2023 Don Cargill STEM Scholars recipient.
The award, sponsored by the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, recognizes educators for their thoughtful engagement with students, and creating imaginative classroom lessons that teach and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
Barth, one of only 23 educators from around the state and the only educator from Gwinnett County selected to receive the award said she was humbled by the recognition.
The GYSTC is a private, not-for-profit educational organization. Its mission is to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as subjects for serious study, particularly among elementary and middle school teachers, students, and parents in typically underserved areas in Georgia. Barth says she’s passionate about STEM because it engages students.
It was an easy decision for the Aurora Theatre to bring “Kim Convenience” to the Lawrenceville Arts Center’s Metro Waterproofing Main Stage from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19.
“We loved this play because it is about a hard-working family who own a small business,” Jon Carr, the Aurora Theatre’s director of marketing, said. “Many Gwinnett stories start that way. Then combine that with the universal themes in the show: The struggle of keeping your loved ones together, the balance of work and family.
“Kim’s Convenience,” an award-winning comedic play that evolved into a hit series on both Canadian TV and Netflix, centers on Appa Kim, played by James Yi, who runs the family business from behind the counter at Kim’s Convenience in Toronto. He provides his customers with wisdom and history lessons along with their snacks.
But Mr. Kim is presented with a substantial offer by big-city developers to sell them his store so they can close it, which would yield him a substantial profit but also end a business that’s been in his family for years.
It’s up to Kim and his wife, played by Yingling Zhu, to decide if they want to take the cash or turn down the offer by convincing their adult children Janet (Caroline Donica) and Jung (Ryan Vo) to keep the store in Korean-Canadian family’s name by following in their father’s footsteps. “Kim’s Convenience” was a huge hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2011, where the play by Ins Choi completed a sold-out run en route to winning the Patron’s Pick Award. The show was such a big hit that it was picked by Netflix in 2020.
When it comes to his profession and his country, Dacula native Will Hinton’s aim is true.
Hinton, 26, has a unique position in military hierarchy as a member of the elite Army Marksmanship Unit, which numbers about 15 soldiers. And with his sharp shooting, Hinton has the opportunity this summer to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Competing in bunker trap, Hinton — who in 2022 has been ranked No. 5 in the world — had an excellent year. He won the ISSF President’s Cup in Men’s Trap and was on the ISSF World Championship Team in Men’s Skeet at a competition in Cairo, Egypt, and he took the silver medal in men’s trap at the Shotgun National Championship in July in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Perhaps most importantly, Hinton snagged one of two U.S. Olympic Quotas at the 2022 CAT Games in November in Lima, Peru. As a result, he’ll compete for one of two spots on Team USA for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games (in Paris) at the Olympic Trails, set for May 2023 back in Hillsdale. The Olympic Games would be a fitting competition for Hinton, who grew up shooting with his father, whom he said is “a big bird hunter.” He began shooting competitively as a teenager and transitioned from team shooting to individual performances with the National Sporting Clays Association.
Stone Mountain Park is hosting its first Lunar New Year Festival and park officials it will be the largest one in North America.
Taking place Jan. 20-22 and 27-29, the celebration will feature cultural craft activities, storytelling, puppetry, dance and drum exhibitions, parades, a new Drone Show and a new Light Show along with other cultural elements.
It will be held in the Crossroads area of the park, and officials say visitors will experience the largest Lunar New Year Spectacular in North America through dance, music, educational craft activations, dragon and lion dance teams, martial arts demonstrations, signature foods, hundreds of red and gold lanterns, and much more.
“The event showcases cultural and educational activities for families to experience together,” park officials said.
♦ Learn calligraphy
♦ Witness yo-yo demonstrations, knot tying, and more from certified instructors from the Chinese Cultural School of Atlanta
♦ Pose for pictures with ambassadors dressed in cultural dress and stationary backdrops throughout the event
♦ Visit the Lighted Reflection Walk-Way to offer well wishes and prayers for a prosperous new year.
Each evening visitors can witness a festive Drone Show featuring more than 200 color-changing drones creating amazing aerial formations synced to music before watching the massive Lunar New Year Light Show projecting images on the mountain along with immersive lights and special effects. All of that is followed by a fireworks finale.
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