Developer to enter plea on federal bribery charges

Mark Gary -- the former Gwinnett planning commissioner charged in the federal corruption investigation that began with former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter -- is scheduled to enter a plea Monday.

Gary was charged with bribery Sept. 5 for his alleged role in offering payment to Lasseter and her son, John Fanning. Federal prosecutors believe Gary gave $30,000 in gambling chips to Fanning at an out-of-state casino for votes in favor of a controversial solid waste transfer station in which Gary had a personal ownership interest.

Lasseter, who reportedly provided information and secret recordings that helped federal authorities charge Gary, voted for the waste station near Dacula in 2009. Prior to that vote, Gary discussed paying Lasseter and her son as much as $100,000 for her approval, prosecutors believe.

A plea hearing for Gary is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Atlanta in front of District Judge Charles Pannell. Attorney Paul Kish, who is representing Gary, could not be reached for comment Friday but has previously stated that his client is cooperating with authorities and expected to plead guilty.

Gary faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Lasseter was sentenced earlier this month to 33 months in prison. Fanning and another business associate, Skip Cain, were sentenced to 4 years, 9 months incarceration.


Gundoctor1 2 years, 10 months ago

Now wait a minute here, you did not mean prison, you really meant "Club Fed" They should all be going to big-boy/ big-girl prison. but they all got religion at the last minute, and had many "character" shills come forward for them. Man, this justice system is fine isn't it????

Oh, they are very sorry. They are very sorry they got caught.


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