Charles Walker (Georgia politician)
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Charles W. Walker, Sr. (born November 8, 1947) is a former state senator in the legislature of the state of Georgia. He was first elected in 1990. In 1996, he became Georgia's first African-American Senate Majority Leader. Walker is a Democrat and is from Augusta, Georgia.
Walker owned a myriad of small enterprises under the name The Walker Group. One of Walker's first ventures was a convenience store called "Reklaw's", which is Walker spelled backwards.
Walker started a newspaper called The Augusta Focus that served Augusta's black community. It often expressed opposing viewpoints to Augusta's only daily newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle.
Convicted in 2005 by a federal court in Augusta on charges including tax evasion, mail fraud, theft, misusing campaign funds, and conspiracy (127 counts, in all), Walker was serving a ten-year sentence at a Federal Correctional Institution in Estill, South Carolina. His projected release date was September 26, 2022.
An appeal of his convictions was rejected on July 6, 2007.
Walker was released from custody in late 2016.
- "Walker judge recuses himself". The Augusta Chronicle. May 20, 2009.
- "Charles Walker gets early release from federal probation". The Augusta Chronicle. November 1, 2016.
- "Inmate Locator - Locate Federal inmates from 1982 to present". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
- U.S. v. Walker Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (11th Cir. 2007).