Selma woman sentenced to eight years in prison

Published 3:50 pm Friday, June 7, 2019

A Selma woman was sentenced to eight years in prison on 22 counts of fraud and conspiracy for her part in stealing large sums of money from a Columbus, Georgia business Thursday.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charles Peeler told WRBL-TV Thursday that Dorita Clay, also known as Dorita Browning, Dorita Mial, Dorita West, Dorita Moultrie, Dorita Mobley, and Dorita Brooks, 51, was sentenced to “96 months on each of the 22 counts for which she was found guilty…all to run concurrently.”

For the verdict delivered on Jan. 9.  Clay will also serve three months of supervised release.

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Clay’s co-defendant, Darlene Corbett, testified during Clay’s trial that the two stole “almost $1 million” from their employer, the Grand Reserve Columbus, an apartment complex on Fountain Court.

Corbett’s step-son, Steve Corbett, owns two apartment complexes, The Grand Reserve at Columbus (GRC) and The Grand Reserve at Madison (GRM).

Corbett testified in January the money she embezzled went to Clay and was in the service of various schemes with Clay, including a pending multi-million-dollar estate settlement and a multi-million dollar lawsuit settlement.

Corbett also admitted that she had “conspired with Clay to steal the money from the Grand Reserve, to then conceal the theft and deceive the FBI with a false story about business loans.”

In Aug. 2017, Clay filed a lawsuit in Dallas County Circuit Court against Wells Fargo, alleging a branch manager in Selma wrongfully provided her account information to an FBI agent who was investigating the case.

Corbett allegedly wrote checks to Clay as “D.L. Clay,” “Dorita Clay” and “L. Clay.”

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Clay was sent to jail several times in the area.

“You can run, but you can’t hide,” Jackson said. “Her deeds finally caught up with her. I hope the victims of her crimes are fully compensated. Shakespeare couldn’t write her life story.”