Mahendra Patel is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Friday in a case federal prosecutors allege involved a kickback scheme from a company awarded a $700,000 Atlanta Public Schools contract, court records show.
Patel, an information technology consultant, was indicted in June with Jerome Oberlton, who served as APS information officer from 2004 to 2007 and who has pleaded not guilty. The indictment alleged that, beginning in April 2006, the two men met with co-conspirators in Detroit and told them they needed to pay kickbacks if the company wanted to win a contract for a data warehousing project.
The members of the state ethics commission, eager to bring order to one of the most disordered corners of state government, hired a “receiver” last week to heal their agency and then did they only thing they could.
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