COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – Today, June 29, 2022, the eighth and final co-defendant in a scheme to steal more than a million dollars in public funds appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Clay Land.
Curtis Porch pleaded guilty last year, admitting to cashing stolen checks on behalf of Superior Court Deputy Clerk Willie Demps.
He and his wife, Dereen Porch, also pleaded guilty in a separate scheme to steal coronavirus relief money.
For both cases, Porch was sentenced to 21 months in prison to be paired with a total of five years of supervised release.
He is also ordered to pay over $133,000 in restitution to the Small Business Administration and $152,585 to the Muscogee County Superior Court’s office.
Six other co-defendants, including his wife Dereen Porch, involved in the Demps case say they were in some way coerced or manipulated into following Demps’ directions.
Demps was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution earlier this month.
Porch’s defense attorney, William Kendrick, declined to comment after the hearing.