Former Gwinnett County commissioner Shirley Lasseter was sentenced to 33 months in a Federal prison by a United State District Court Judge on Wednesday. Lasseter pleaded guilty to charges she allowed developers to buy her vote.
Earlier Wednesday, a Gwinnett County businessman appeared before a federal judge on charges he tried to bribe Lasseter.
Federal prosecutors allege businessman Mark Gary paid $30,000 to the son of then-commissioner Shirley Lasseter for her vote. A federal magistrate set a $10,000 bond for Gary.
Lasseter admitted to taking bribes while she served as a Gwinnett County Commissioner.
In May, Lasseter admitted to selling her vote to an FBI agent posing as a developer. The agent paid Lasseter $36,500 in exchange for her help in a rezoning case. Investigators even got video of Lasseter and her son counting the stacks of bills.
"When she took the money, Commissioner Lasseter told the undercover agent ‘you've got my vote,'" said U.S. Attorney Sally Yates
Prosecutors also say Lasseter tried to shop her vote for the highly controversial privatization of the Gwinnett County airport.
"I think that she was certainly having discussions about she might be able to use her vote and get some money for it," said Yates.
Gwinnett government watchdogs say Lasseter not only broke the law, but she also violated the public's trust.
"A lot of the issues that she would [be] advocating for, there was not a sound basis for the decisions she was making," said a concerned citizen.
Lasseter will not start her sentence for another four to six weeks.
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