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Lasseter: Bribery Was Common in Gwinnett

The former Gwinnett commissioner reportedly tells the AJC that developers told her bribing county officials was the way to get business done.

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that bribery was a common practice in Gwinnett County.

Lasseter, whose district included Suwanee, is slated to enter federal prison soon after pleading guilty and being sentenced to serve 33 months in prison for accepting bribes in 2011 from an undercover FBI agent to approve a proposed development in her commission district.

Developers told her after she took office on the commission in 2009 that making illegal payments to government officials in the county was the way to get business done, according to an Associated Press article citing her interview with the AJC posted on ajc.com Saturday (Oct. 20).

Lasseter told the AJC that developers reported they made payments to other county commissioners, planning commission members, and zoning board members.

Current Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash is quoted in the article as saying that she did not think that bribery was a normal way of doing business in the county.

-- Do you agree with Lasseter? Do you think Gwinnett government has been "cleaned up"? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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