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Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

3:38 PM, Sep 4, 2012   |    comments
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Shirley Lasseter

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

(Associated Press)

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