Republican Candidate Michael Cheokas is being sued for Fraud

Front Page, September 2018

Michael CheokasLocal liquor store owner is running for state representative for District 138, is in serious legal trouble.

Cheokas illegally sold aircraft parts stored at the old Manhattan Shirt factory.

Staff Reports


The Americus Sumter Observer was informed of a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Albany, GA. The plaintiff is Mark D Weisman and Weatherly Aviation Company, Inc. vs Michael Cheokas, the Defendant.

A complaint was filed for injunctive relief and for direct consequential and punitive damages against Michael Cheokas in excess of at least $75,000, exclusive of other costs.

Williams, SFA, and Cheokas fraudulently conspired to transfer title to certain of the stored assets referred to as Aircraft Manufacturing Equipment to Williams on October 1, 2007, by a purported Self Storage Warehouse sale from Cheokas to Williams. Defendants Cheokas and Williams fraudulently fabricated a backdated

Rental Agreement and claimed that certain rent was due from Weatherly Aircraft under the Rental Agreement for placing the stored assets in the abandoned shirt factory (Manhattan Shirt Factory) in Americus, GA on Tripp Street.

They failed to provide lawful notice either to Remington Partners or to Weatherly Aircraft Company of the purported Rental Agreement or the rent due of the foreclosure sale.

The fact that Defendant Cheokas purportedly and fraudulently transferred the Aircraft Manufacturing Equipment to Defendant Williams in the purported Warehouse Sale also was concealed from Remington Partners and Weatherly Aircraft Company until discovered from a third party.

The plaintiffs are complaining of several violations:

  • Rico Violation
  • Reward of treble damages, costs, and attorney fees
  • Racketeering Violation

To defraud and to obtain property and money by means of false pretenses, misrepresentations or promises, the Defendants knowingly utilized the U.S. Postal Service, Telephone, wire transmissions (wire fraud and mail fraud). Transfer of funds between themselves using electronic or other wire transmissions in interstate commerce for furthering their scheme to defraud and to obtain money and property, the Defendant Cheokas and Coconspirators did place or cause certain matters or things to be placed in a post office or other authorized depository for mail matter in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341.

The case names more violations:

  • Theft by Taking
  • Theft by Deception
  • Theft by Conversion
  • Theft by Trade Secrets
  • Honest Services Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Wrongful Foreclosure and Breach of Self Storage Statute

The publisher of the Americus Sumter Observer said, “We want the citizens of District 138 to know what Republican Michael Cheokas is accused of. He is running for state representative which include the following counties: Sumter, Schley, Marion, and Chattahoochee. The public can find the entire case of Plaintiff Weatherly Aircraft Company vs. Defendant Michael Cheokas in a link on the Americus Sumter Observer web site. The case is in the Federal Court in Albany, GA. Cheokas is consistent as he defrauded the citizens of District 138 when he was elected as a Democrat and switched to the Republican party. The voters can decide if they want this type of representative.”