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Charges dismissed in mortgage fraud case
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Charges dismissed in mortgage fraud case

ATHENS, Ga. -- A judge has dismissed racketeering charges against two men who had been accused of being involved in what prosecutors described as an elaborate mortgage fraud scheme involving new home sales in a Clarke County subdivision.

Earlier this month, Western Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Lawton Stephens reportedly ruled the charges against Brian C. Dupree and Marc Canty should be dismissed.

The judge said in his ruling that prosecutors allowed too much time to pass -- from the time Dupree and others were arrested in April 2006 until they were indicted in March.

Dupree's lawyer, Edward Tolley, said the documents crucial for his client's defense had disappeared and witnesses could not be located.

Authorities said a third defendant, Rashid Wilson, has not been located.

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