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Former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Charged With Bribery

Feds say developer Mark Gary paid Lasseter $30,000 to influence her vote on a solid waste transfer station.

Former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Mark Gary has been charged by federal authorities in Atlanta with bribery in connection with a payment made to then-Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, according to media reports.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday (Sept. 5) that Gary, who is part of Gary Holding Group in Johns Creek, paid $30,000 in casino chips to influence Lasseter's vote on a solid waste transfer station in Norcross.

Lasseter voted for the transfer station on April 28, 2009. The following June, Gary gave the chips to her son, John Fanning, federal court documents say.

Lasseter, whose Gwinnett District 1 included Suwanee, Duluth and Sugar Hill, appointed Gary to the planning commission in 2009, according to media reports.

Among other projects, Gary developed Noble Village senior center on Satellite Boulevard in Suwanee.

Lasseter, Fanning and Flowery Branch businessman Carl "Skip" Cain are to be sentenced Wednesday (Sept. 5) on federal bribery charges. Lasseter resigned from the Gwinnett BOC in May.

This article originally appeared on Suwanee Patch.

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GregRodgers September 05, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Wow....and all along we thought Kennerly and Bannister were the REAL crooks. Lassetter had a Criminal Empire in comparison. Always be very weary of the quiet ones. They will stick it to you the worse! I hope they stick her under the Jail. Better yet...I hope she has a cell with a woman name Big Bertha.....
Floyd Akridge September 06, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Notice that Mike Beaudreau isn't mentioned? Told yall
GregRodgers September 06, 2012 at 02:44 AM
From what I've read...its not over Floyd.....
GregRodgers September 06, 2012 at 02:56 AM
He may not be caught up....he is still guilty of being an arrogant jerk. It appears he has been sentenced as well.....In January...he will serve plenty of time out of office!

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