Ex-Gwinnett leader describes bribery as common
ATLANTA (AP) - Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter says bribery was common business practice in local government.
Lasseter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a developer offered her $100,000 for a vote on a waste transfer station he wanted to build in 2009. Lasseter said developers told her that was the way business was done in the metro Atlanta county.
She would not name which public officials supposedly accepted those bribes. Lasseter said she did not personally know of any instances where other county officials illegally accepted money.
Lasseter pleaded guilty in May to a bribery charge and will soon begin serving a 33-month prison term. She admitted in court accepting $36,500 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman who wanted her vote on a real estate development.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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