G. Michael Smith, Choudhary’s attorney, said his client “got caught in a bad situation where he was pressured into trying to get a contract signed that he had been awarded.”
The U.S. Attorney's office has spent years conducting a federal corruption investigation into Atlanta City Hall. Three city officials have been sentenced to prison in the probe so far, including the former head of the city's procurement department, the former head of contract compliance and the former deputy chief of staff for then-Mayor Kasim Reed.
However, Choudhary's sentencing puts the world's busiest airport at the center of the latest charge.
“Choudhary tried to buy his way around a process that is meant to be fair to all contract applicants,” FBI Atlanta special agent in charge Chris Hacker said in a written statement.