Theft charges against Glock lawyers to be dropped

The new Cobb County District Attorney said Thursday that he will dismiss charges against three men accused of overcharging the international gun manufacturer Glock Inc by more than $3 million for providing private investigation services.

The decision comes on the heels of a state Supreme Court ruling in February that stated Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell Sr. must reconsider the charges to determine whether the four-year statute of limitations on the theft charges had expired.

The three men — former federal prosecutor Jim Harper and lawyers Jerry Chapman and Jeffery Pombert — were hired in 2000 to investigate wrongdoing by some high-ranking employees of Glock Inc., the North American headquarters of the company based in Smyrna.

The men, who were indicted in 2010, had pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of theft or attempted theft, as well as one count of racketeering.

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