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More suspects identified in alleged real estate scam in Bibb, Houston counties

As investigators and deputies unravel details in an alleged real estate scam, two more men were arrested Tuesday and a third is being sought.

After four people, including a Bibb deputy were arrested last month, new warrants were signed in joint investigation with the Financial Crimes Unit of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and the Criminal Investigative Division of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Bibb sheriff’s news release.

Larry Ealy, 52, of Douglasville, is accused of posing as an attorney May 1 in the clerk’s offices of Bibb Superior Court and U.S. Federal Court in Macon.

Ealy, who deputies say is not a “duly licensed attorney” in Georgia was arrested at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday as he entered the Bibb Courthouse.

He is accused of filing numerous court documents on behalf of 44-year-old Dewyan Fitzgerald, of Warner Robins and Anthony Williams Simmons.

Fitzgerald was arrested just after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Bibb County Courthouse.

He is accused of criminal trespass and making false statements and writings after allegedly hiring a locksmith to remove realtor locks at a house he did not own at 129 Fernwood Drive in Warner Robins.

Authorities are still looking for Simmons, who is accused of filing a fraudulent lien and possession affidavit on property he did not own at 3691 Holley Drive in Lizella.

Simmons also is accused of hiring a locksmith to change locks at that house.

He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 240 pounds.

Anyone who knows Simmons’ location is urged to leave a message with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Early May, four men, including then Bibb County Deputy Albert Gordon Murray, were jailed on allegations of conducting a similar scheme.

Murray, 53, was fired from the sheriff’s office after he was reportedly seen trying to have locks changed at a house on Academy Lane in Lizella.

The former Macon police officer who was deputized at consolidation, allegedly filed false liens and possession affidavits on the property.

The other Macon men arrested in that case are Dimitrious Antoine Brown, 33; Clifford Delaney Greene, 58, and Lemroyal James, 51.

Murray, Brown and Greene recently filed a $100 million dollar suit

for alleged racial discrimination and due process claims, among other complaints.

Authorities have said their actions are consistent with a group known as the Sovereign Citizens Movement.

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