Struggling Ga. actress linked to ricin case

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ATLANTA -- Shannon Guess Richardson has gone from bit part Georgia celebrity to national recognition. However, it's not the kind of recognition she was seeking.

11Alive discovered a troubled past, after taking a closer look at the woman who is now accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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On her IMDB bio, the 35 year old says she was abandoned by her mother at the age of 2 and raised by her father, Terry Rogers, who worked in Doraville.

Richardson's last known address in Georgia was in Jefferson, where we knocked on doors and talked to neighbors.

"Oh my God!" exclaimed neighbor Tracy Ellenberg, after learning that she lived next door to Richardson.

Richardson had operated a company called Trinity Arts Productions out of the Jefferson house. She listed several bit parts in various productions filmed in Georgia, including "Drop Dead Diva" and "The Walking Dead."

Richardson appears to have struggled financially while living in Gainesville. In 2005 she filed for bankruptcy, listing debts of more than $78,000 on an income of $1,200 a month.

She picked up many names over the years through the men she married and met, including Guess, Parker and Richardson. She has five sons and was pregnant when she was arrested. The FBI claims she tried to set up her current husband for the crime she's now facing. 

If convicted, the stage has now been set for this struggling actress to spend up to 10 years in prison.

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