Jeff Chirico – investigative news reporter with CBS Atlanta was punched in the face while working on a report about 43 year old Richard Wilder of Braselton, a businessman charged with stealing customers’ tax refunds. Jeff Chirico learned that weeks after his arrest by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Richard Wilder opened a new business in Gainesville.
Richard Wilder who used to own Braselton Used Auto Sales was indicted in Gwinnett County for odometer fraud, forgery, computer theft and more, was charged with seven counts of theft by deception and one count of racketeering and pleaded to two felony charges.
While working undercover, Jeff Chirico found that Richard Wilder was selling cars and offering tax return filing services. After he was asked about the business, the reporter was approached by Richard Wilder’s father Donald Wilder – the old mad from the video. Jeff Chirico got in the old man’s face and trespassed onto his property to which Donald Wilder responded by punching him in the face.
The Wilders family seems all kinds of crooked based on the info that’s out there, but Jeff Chirico lost me after he said: “You didn’t tell us not to go in there…” Dude, really? You justify trespassing by claiming that you were not told to not go in there? WTF?