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Father, son charged in illegal gambling business in Savannah

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Randall Wayne Roach, Sr. Randall Wayne Roach, Sr.
Randall Wayne Roach, Jr. Randall Wayne Roach, Jr.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Former SCMPD Chief Willie Lovett pleaded not guilty to seven counts on Thursday, including gambling and extortion.

Lovett also has three co-defendants in this case, including a father and son charged with operating a gambling business Lovett is accused of taking bribes from to protect it.

Both the father and the son have been booked at the Chatham County Jail, but only one remains behind bars.

Randall Wayne Roach, Sr. was arrested in May. He is no longer at the Chatham County Jail. Jail officials aren't releasing details on the reason for his arrest, or where he is now, other than to say he was taken in on a federal hold.

His son, Randall Wayne Roach, Jr. is still behind bars in Chatham County. There has been no word yet on where the men are originally from, but they are believed to be from outside the Savannah area.

On Thursday, the FBI spoke about the public corruption and asked for the public's help in weeding it out.

"When public officials commit a crime, it's something that we're going to take a hard look at and take very seriously," said Agent Gene Kowell. "We rely on the public to call us if they see something suspicious. So we ask the public out there, if you know of an official engaged in wrongdoing, call us."

Lovett pleaded not guilty to all seven charges in the indictment. He was released on $30,000 bond.

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