NEWS NEARBY: Lasseter Bribery Case Figure Gets Prison Reporting Date

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A key figure in the Shirley Lasseter bribery case has received a date to report to federal prison.

After being granted a brief reprieve because his wife was hospitalized, Carl “Skip” Cain of Flowery Branch has been ordered to report to federal prison by January 7, 2013, to begin serving a 57-month sentence without parole. Cain pleaded guilty earlier this year to participating in a bribery scheme involving former Gwinnett County commissioner Lasseter, and to drug trafficking charges.

Cain, 65, has been assigned to a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C. The Federal Correctional Institute at Edgefield is a medium security facility for male offenders. It is near the Georgia-S.C. border about 25 miles north of Augusta. FCI-Edgefield has a current prison population of 1,668.

Lasseter began serving a 33-month sentence for bribery December 12 at a minimum security prison camp for female offenders in Marianna, FL.

John Fanning, Lasseter’s son, and Cain pleaded guilty to participating in the bribery scheme and to drug trafficking charges in May.

Cain acted as a “bag man” for Lasseter and Fanning, arranging the bribes and setting up meetings where the payments were made.

Lasseter, Fanning and Cain received reduced sentences on the federal charges for cooperating with an ongoing investigation into corruption in Gwinnett County.

Fanning has been incarcerated in the Gwinnett County Detention Center since his arrest Oct. 5 on charges including felony aggravated assault and false imprisonment resulting from an altercation with his estranged wife and their children at their home in Dacula. He was denied bond.

This article originally posted in Duluth Patch.

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