DeKalb official pleads guilty to extortion

A DeKalb County official pleaded guilty to extortion in federal court in Atlanta Wednesday.

Fidelis Ogbu, a 59-year-old engineering supervisor in  the county public works department, admitted  to a "pay to play" scheme in which he demanded a  bribe for a contractor to complete a project and o get future work, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

The contractor, who was working as a federal informant, paid Ogbu $18,300 to secure the project, Yates said.

Ogbu now faces up to 20 years in prison although federal sentencing guidelines could substantially reduce his sentence.  No sentencing date has been set.