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Atlanta region sees spike in public corruption cases

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In recent years, federal authorities in Atlanta have seen a spike in public corruption convictions and investigations. Among them:

  • Ex-Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter was sentenced on Sept. 5, 2012, to serve 33 months in prison for her role in a bribery scheme after attempting to sell her vote on a proposed real estate development project. Her son, John Fanning, and Hall County businessman Carl “Skip” Cain also were sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for public corruption and drug offenses. Developer Mark Gary has pleaded guilty to corruption charges and is awaiting sentencing.
  • Two former Transportation Security Administration officers, Richard Cook and Timothy Gregory, have pleaded guilty to conspiring and attempting to smuggle what they believed to be drugs through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
  • Former DeKalb County Deputy Chief of Police Donald Frank and former DeKalb Police Lt. Willie Daren Durrett were both convicted of accepting bribes from a local businessman. They will be sentenced this month.
  • Marvie Trevino Dingle, a former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff, was convicted of accepting more than $2,000 in bribes to distribute cocaine inside and outside the Fulton County Jail. In June, Dingle was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison.
  • Fidelis Ogbu, a DeKalb County Department of Public Works engineering supervisor, was sentenced in June to three years in prison for extorting money from a private construction contractor. In addition, former DeKalb construction inspector Neacacha Joyner also pleaded guilty to extorting money from a private construction contractor.
  • Jasen Minter and Louis Nock were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and theft of more than $2.7 million from the U.S. government while Minter was serving as an Army captain and Nock as a senior noncommissioned officer in Saudi Arabia. They are awaiting trial.
  • Former Fulton County Jail Detention Officer Brian Anthony was sentenced in March to serve 10 years in federal prison on drug charges and accepting bribes of more than $26,000 to further the distribution of drugs inside the county jail and elsewhere.
  • Desi Wade, a U.S. Department of Defense employee assigned to Afghanistan as the chief of Fire and Emergency Services, pleaded guilty to influencing an Afghan-based contractor to give bribes to him in return for guarantees of future contracts. In March, Wade was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

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