Posted: 11:07 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
By Dan Klepal
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 2009: Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter requests a special grand jury to investigate the park land purchases, based on the AJC reports.
October 2009: Senior Judge James “Jim” Oxendine is relieved of his duties after Superior Court judges learn from the newspaper that he negotiated a $1.16 million land deal between the county and a developer, which was in conflict with a rule that prohibits senior judges from practicing law on the side.
October 2010: Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister resigns from office to avoid a perjury indictment from the special grand jury. Commissioner Kevin Kenerly is indicted on a bribery charge for allegedly accepting $1 million to secure commission approval of a land purchase for the benefit of developer David Jenkins. Kenerly denies the charge.
November 2010: Kenerly suspends himself from the commission for the rest of his term, which expired Jan. 1, 2011.
May 2012: Lasseter resigns and pleads guilty to taking a $36,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for her support of a proposed development in her district on Boggs Road. Lasseter’s son, and Fanning, a member of Gwinnett’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and Hall County businessman Carl “Skip” Cain also plead guilty to the bribery scheme and to federal drug charges.
September 2012: Lasseter is sentenced to 33 months in prison.
October 2012: Gary pleads guilty to bribery for giving Lasseter and her son $30,000 in casino chips in exchange for her 2009 vote for a solid waste transfer station.
December 2012: A Gwinnett County Superior Court judge denies Kenerly’s request to have the charges against him dismissed.
A 2009 investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution exposed mismanagment and corruption in Gwinnett County government. Today, we look at the sentencing of a developer who was in the the middle of the county’s pay to play scheme. His sentencing is the latest in a series of scandals in Gwinnett County government, including Lassiter’s prison sentence, former commissioner Kevin Kenerly’s indictment on bribery charges, and former commission chairman Charles Bannister resigning under threat of a perjury indictment.
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