Government Wants Former Coke Secretary Jailed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The government said in court papers Tuesday it believes a former Coca-Cola secretary convicted of conspiring to steal trade secrets should be jailed immediately because she poses a flight risk.

In a motion filed in Atlanta federal court, Assistant U.S Attorney Byung Pak said clothing, prescription medication, papers and other personal items were found in Joya Williams' Mustang during a search after a fire destroyed her apartment Friday.

The fire, which has been ruled accidental by local officials in Norcross, occurred nearly 90 minutes after the guilty verdict was reached in federal court in Atlanta.

The government motion is seeking to force Williams to prove why she should not be remanded to the custody of federal marshals, and if she fails to do that, asks the court to order her jailed immediately.

The 41-year-old Williams, who was out on bond during her trial, remains free pending sentencing. U-S District Judge J- Owen Forrester set a May 23rd sentencing today for Williams and two co-defendants who pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Williams' lawyer, Janice Singer, said the "government's motion and its timing shows its utter lack of compassion and consideration for those struck by tragedy and loss."

Singer said that other than the fire which consumed Williams' apartment and virtually everything she owns, nothing contained in the motion is new. Singer said her client has appeared at every hearing and the trial, and is not a flight risk.

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