Dean Grant

A former Milledgeville financier accused of stealing money from several elderly people in an elaborate fraud scheme faces re-indictment by a grand jury in Baldwin County, The Union-Recorder has learned.

The defendant is accused of taking more than $1.3 million from clients while working as a financial advisor.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale III said Monday he plans to re-indict Dean Harrison Grant on criminal charges sometime in the fall.

Grant was founder and managing partner of GIF Strategic Advisors, which was formerly located at 136 W. McIntosh St., Suite A, in Milledgeville.

“As with any case, we try to do the best job that we can with it from an evidence standpoint,” Barksdale said. “We’re taking our time and looking over everything we’ve gathered in this case.”

The district attorney said there are several boxes of records to read and sort through.

Grant has remained free on $750,000 bail since his arrest in 2019.

The defendant, who formerly lived in Milledgeville but now resides in Roswell, pleaded not guilty to an array of criminal charges during an arraignment hearing that followed a multi-count indictment being levied against him by a Baldwin County grand jury.

He is charged with 23 felony crimes. 

Grant is under indictment for two counts of trafficking an elder person by financial exploitation; 10 counts of insurance fraud, nine counts of theft by taking, and one count of forgery in the first degree, according to records filed in Baldwin County Superior Court Clerk Mitch Longino’s office.

He is represented by Carl Cansino, a prominent defense attorney from Milledgeville.

Barksdale said he, along with Assistant District Attorney Tony A. May, worked on the case. 

“It’s definitely complex,” Barksdale said. “It’s extensive. This is the kind of case that takes a lot of time, a lot of man-hours, to pour through documents.”

The prosecutor said that was one reason he and May were taking their time in going over the evidence.

“We certainly have not forgotten about this case or any of the other cases that we are handling,” Barksdale said, noting that the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic had impacted this case as well as other criminal cases within the eight-county Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

The district attorney added that no restitution had been made to the victims in the case.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office first learned of the questionable activities reportedly involving Grant in November 2017.

Maj. Brad King, who is in charge of the criminal investigations division of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, looked into the allegations.

As the investigation widened, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office became involved. Special Agent Jason S. Jones was is leading the investigation for the state agency.

 

 

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