In a story that does not appear to be a re-print, Federal bribery charges are now pending against Gwinnett Commissioner Shirley Lassiter and her son, John Fanning who is a member of the Gwinnett Zoning Board of Appeals. A third man, Carl Cain, is also charged. Just to keep things interesting, Fanning and Cain are also charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
A court hearing for the three defendants is scheduled for this afternoon, an indication that some or all of the defendants could be entering guilty pleas. Lasseter resigned her office today, her attorney told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to a federal complaint unsealed today, Lasseter accepted $35,000 in bribes last year for her vote and influence involving a development on Boggs Road.
The three defendants were apparently ensnared in an undercover FBI operation. The complaint indicates that conversations between the defendants and a cooperating witness, described only as “Person A,” were secretly recorded.
Lassiter is but the latest in a long string of Gwinnett officials to run afoul of the law. In my twisted world, it is the first thing I think of every time I hear a suburban Atlantan (or Neal Boortz) talk about the corruption down at Atlanta City Hall. So many look so far to find corruption when they could just stay home and find it in their own back yard if they were just willing to accept what they see.