Former DeKalb official pleads guilty to public corruption charge

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Patrick Jackson pleaded guilty today to taking part in a bribery scheme. In return for a luxury apartment and other amenities, Jackson helped a company he used to work for obtain more than $1 million in government contracts, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn.

The scheme defrauded both DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center, where he worked simultaneously for years.

The news release didn’t identify the company involved in the bribery, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had determined that it was Rite Way Service.

Jackson’s scheme was uncovered after he appeared on the cover of a trade publication, Waste & Recycling News.

Until then, DeKalb County had no idea that Jackson, its head of custodial services, had a second full-time job as building services manager at Georgia World Congress Center. DeKalb employees and officials, though, couldn’t understand why Jackson never Waste and Recycling July 5, 2010seemed to be around.

You might recall from the AJC’s coverage of Jackson’s case that DeKalb was paying him $65,000 a year, and Georgia World Congress Center was paying him more than $86,000.

After his employment scheme was discovered, Georgia World Congress Center began to look into his work. Later, it called in outside investigators. Both the FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation handled the case.

The federal indictment handed down last fall accused the Loganville resident of bribery and 10 counts of mail fraud.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, according to today’s news release.


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