According to U.S. Department of Justice officials, Harris accepted bribe payments on a sliding scale depending on the legal requirements he skirted. For $100, he would renew registrations for vehicles that had not passed emissions inspections. For about $200, he would register vehicles to people that did not have Georgia driver’s licenses. And for bribes ranging from $500-$1,000 per vehicle, Harris would register cars that did not have proper documentation, such as titles or title/tag applications.
“I applaud the swift effort of the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in bringing this case to a quick resolve,” DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson said in the release. “The DeKalb County Tax Commissioner's Office remains committed to safeguarding the trust of DeKalb's taxpayers and weeding out individuals who act unlawfully in any way.”
A date for Harris’ sentencing hearing was not announced.
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Channel 2's Tom Jones reports from University Avenue, where violence has become a problem.