Ex-wife of Home Depot employee pleads guilty to tax fraud

ATLANTA - The ex-wife of a former employee of The Home Depot Inc. has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return related to a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme involving her husband.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Melissa Deaton Tesvich of Mobile, Ala., could get up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced Aug. 3 by U.S. District Judge Richard Story. She pleaded guilty Thursday.

U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said while Tesvich did not participate in Anthony Tesvich's fraud scheme, 'she knowingly joined him in filing joint tax returns' that omitted income of $1 million.

Anthony Tesvich pleaded guilty in June 2008 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud by taking kickbacks from Home Depot vendors. He will be sentenced June 11.

2 plead guilty to taking tax payments

ATLANTA - A mailroom worker at the state Department of Revenue has admitted she helped take money orders sent in by Georgians to pay their taxes.

Constance Morgan, 44, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the state in Fulton County Superior Court. Her accomplice, Terry Richardson, 46, pled guilty to a similar charge on April 2.

State revenue officials say Morgan took five money orders sent in to pay taxes and gave them to Richardson to alter and cash.

Morgan and Richardson were each sentenced to five year probated sentences and ordered to complete 360 hours of community service. They must also pay restitution and fines.

Morgan and Richardson both live in East Point.

Pearl Jam bassist mugged in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is recovering from a violent robbery.

A DeKalb County police report obtained by The Associated Press reports Ament and an employee of the band were attacked by three assailants with knives when they arrived in the parking lot of Southern Tracks Recording studio in Atlanta on April 27.

The police report says the assailants smashed three car windows, grabbed a Blackberry, two computers and demanded more money. The report says $3,000 in cash and $4,320 in goods were stolen.

At some point Ament tried to escape, but one of the assailants chased him down, knocked him to the ground where he suffered a head wound and had his passport stolen.

Surveillance cameras caught the incident but no arrests have been made.

Paste magazine asks for donations

DECATUR - Music magazine Paste is asking readers to donate at least a dollar to keep the magazine from folding.

Josh Jackson, editor-in-chief of the suburban Atlanta-based magazine, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is hoping to raise in 'the low six figures.' The magazine loaded a donation page to its Web site on Wednesday.

In exchange for a donation, the magazine is giving out music from artists like the Indigo Girls, Josh Rouse, Matthew Sweet and The Decemberists.

The magazine was founded in 2002. Each monthly edition includes content on music, film and culture, plus a CD of up-and coming artists.

Like many publications, Paste is feeling the crunch of slumping ad sales and decreasing subscriptions.

Police chief suspended over jeans

JONESBORO - The Jonesboro police chief likes to wear blue jeans but his style of clothing was criticized by some citizens including the mayor.

The disagreement prompted Mayor Luther Maddox to suspend Chief Brad Johnson for five days for insubordination. Maddox said he wanted Johnson to wear a uniform.

Johnson appealed his suspension at a hearing Wednesday and the Jonesboro City Council voted to cut the suspension in half.

Johnson returned to duty Wednesday and said he would wear a police uniform.