Larry Scott, former director at Contract Compliance in Atlanta, is scheduled to be sentenced in November after pleading guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
On Sept. 4, Scott became the sixth person to plead guilty in the federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall, and agree to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
The company that paid Scott was Cornerstone U.S. Management Group LLC, a firm that he operated former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother, Tracy, according to Georgia Secretary of State records.
Late last week, Bottoms’ office told the AJC that Scott’s admission had not called into question the integrity of the minority contracting program. A Bottoms’ spokesman also told the AJC that Scott’s plea would not impact contract awards.
But on Monday, Bottoms said she was requesting that outside, independent experts “in minority and women-owned business standards” conduct a thorough review of the city’s programs, which were instituted by Maynard Jackson, the city’s first African American Mayor.
Atlanta’s programs have been copied by cities all over the country.
“Mayor Maynard Jackson’s legacy of inclusion in City business leveled the playing field for generations of business owners across the nation,” Bottoms said. “This administration will not allow abuse or dishonor to undermine this critical program.”
Scott, 54, abruptly resigned from his $98,000-a-year job as head of the city's contract compliance office two weeks ago just days after being questioned by the FBI. He pleaded guilty last week, and faces up to 30 months in prison at his Nov. 25 sentencing.
Martin Clarke, a deputy division chief in the law department for aviation, has been named interim director of the contract compliance office.
Larry Scott abruptly resigned from his job as director of Atlanta’s Office of Contract Compliance last month, then pleaded guilty on Sept. 4 to charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns to the IRS. Prosecutors said Scott operated a side business that helped companies win government contracts, including contracts with the city of Atlanta. On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered a review of the program by outside experts.