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Benefit Account Set up for Lasseter

Duluth friend Jerry Robb sets up account "to help Shirley" at Gwinnett Community Bank in Duluth.

A friend has set up an account at a Duluth bank to benefit former Gwinnett County commissioner Shirley Lasseter, who pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting bribes in federal court.

Jerry Robb, a friend of Lasseter, posted the notice of the benefit account on Facebook:

"An account at the has been set up to help Shirley. For anyone interested in donating money..Checks should be made out to Shirley's Fund, account #0040946. Thanks so much!!"

The bank is located on Buford Highway.

Lasseter apparently was in serious financial straits before her guilty plea. Her Duluth home was foreclosed on in 2009. Also, Robb was quoted in a recent media article as saying that Lasseter said her car ran out of gas because the gas gauge was not working properly and that she could not afford repairs.

In addition to facing up to 10 years in prison for her bribery conviction, Lasseter faces a fine of up to $250,000.

State campaign disclosure records list her current address as Woodiron Drive in Duluth.

Lasseter has not commented publicly or online since the news broke Thursday about her guilty plea and resignation from the Gwinnett Commission; Suwanee and Duluth were in her district.

Gwinnett officials still have not announced whether they will appoint someone to fill out her term, which expires Dec. 31.

Lasseter's son John Fanning also pleaded guilty to the same bribery scheme, in which an undercover FBI officer posed as a South Florida real estate developer. Lasseter accepted bribes totaling $36,500 in 2011, federal authorities said.

Other support for Lasseter, former long-time mayor of Duluth, also is evident on her Facebook page. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Even the best of us make mistakes. God will get you through this and you will be a better person (if that is possible) for it. You have done so many wonderful things for Duluth and Gwinnett County," posted Leigh Hudgins Landon.

M.K. OSBORNE June 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I gave at the office ,i paid my federal taxes for she can attend Club Fed .
AgtOrange June 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I hold public officials to a higher standard of ethics like most sane people probably do too. Ms. Laseters financial troubles will all be over soon. Unfortunately the County will continue to support this parasite by ways of 3 hot meals a day and a cot to lay her head on at night. What is the cost of incarceration for ten years? One more time, Ms. Plaster is living off the backs of her constituents. Just disgusting. And for someone to ask publicly for donations is in bad taste.
corrupt hunter June 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I thought banks set up accounts for sick children for medical assistance and displaced familes but are we now setting up accounts for the wrong doers. Can I go by the bank, set up account because we are broke and need others to pay our bills maybe I'm confused what her funds been set up for. To pay high profile lawyer to get her out of trouble with the courts. Bannisters, Kenerleys and Lassiters court problems are not new to Gwinnett Its now the the courts are getting involved Its all about the money. The courts system is all wrong and does not work when will peple figure it out ITS ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW. Are you in trouble, you are gonna pay but decide pay the lawyer or pay the courts. I see the court system bring in brothers for fighting in their front yard, now they have a record at ages 12 and 13 Neighbors mind you own business. I see teenagers go to court for possession and instead having a sit down talk with parents and their children they probably would not be seen again by the court systems. Instead charge them for possession, guarnatee a repeat offender. Businesses and land deals have been this way for as long as I remember at back 30 years . Small business want to open the county makes them jump through hoops Why not just tell an individaul your permit is going to cost you $ 50,000 Now thats why bribery is so often done and you want to get out of trouble the lawyers can be found in their offices @ 9 and 10 oclock at night We ask why so late You know making deals
Jana Crump-Aquino June 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Where are all the comments that were on here earlier??? Why have they been removed?
Kristi Reed June 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Hi Jana - No comments have been removed. I believe you are thinking about this article: http://dacula.patch.com/articles/county-commissioner-facing-bribery-charges

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