Key Atlanta bribery figure cashed in during winter storms
Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. leaving the federal courthouse in Atlanta after pleading guilty last month to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery and launder money. Mitchell’s Cascade Building Systems was awarded a majority of the work from the city of Atlanta in response to the February 2014 winter storm at a time that federal prosecutors say he was paying bribes in exchange for contracts. HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM
The prices Mitchell charged far exceeded price quotes from other companies, the AJC and Channel 2 found.
In one case, Cascade charged city taxpayers an overtime rate of $442 an hour for each of 20 plows with front-end loaders — about $200 an hour more than price quotes provided by three other companies that performed work for the city during the storm.