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Former UGA employee indicted for allegedly taking bribes from vendor


By Joe Johnson

A former manager of the University of Georgia Health Center Vision Clinic was indicted this week for allegedly accepting bribes meant to influence sending business to a vendor.

Amy Barron Stowers, 47, was charged with four felony counts of bribery, according to the indictment that was filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

The indictment alleges that Stowers on four occasions accepted gift cards totaling $2, 550 in value from Imagewear in return for referring to the company clients of the UGA clinic.

The university fired Stowers in 2020 when she was being investigated by UGA police.

Two other employees who allegedly accepted gift cards from Imagewear were arrested on multiple counts of theft by conversion, but their cases were dismissed prior to indictment because the District Attorney’s Office did not believe that they had criminal intent, according to court records.

Stowers, a Gainesville resident, is scheduled to be arraigned on April 18.


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Breadoflife Faiupu
Breadoflife Faiupu
Apr 01, 2023

Absurd. Petty bribery should be a misdemeanor. UGA police needs some trimming of personnel.

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emccorkle
emccorkle
Apr 01, 2023

not very clear as to what transpired.

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Classic City News
Classic City News
Apr 01, 2023
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The eyewear company paid the vision clinic manager to steer business their way

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Jeffrey Wieler
Jeffrey Wieler
Mar 31, 2023

I don;t want to assume the two who got off were part of the scheme. We don't know the circumstances. When you are the boss, and a decision maker, you are the central player in a scheme. Hypothetically, suppose the two "other" employees knew nothing about the scheme but were given $25 gift cards to starbucks because the vendor said he had the cards as a promo from his company, but he didn't drink coffee. Judge not, so that ye shall not be judged. I assume the DA did not chare them because of extrenuating circumstances.

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Dennis Rice
Dennis Rice
Mar 31, 2023

"multiple counts of conversion", but "no intent." Give me a break!

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shirebourne
shirebourne
Mar 31, 2023

The other two MUST have been wives of faculty members or known members of the community and they just couldn’t let that happen.

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Adrienne McConvey
Adrienne McConvey
Mar 31, 2023
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Yeah no.

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