Two Georgia men have been named in a recent so-called public corruption probe. The men face numerous charges for federal crimes related to technology sales to a county school system in 2012. The county school system receives federal funding, thus the men’s actions in question are considered to be federal offenses.
According to court records, an industry recruiter supposedly contacted a Bibb County school superintendent. The recruiter allegedly offered the former superintendent money to ensure his support of a local neighborhood program. Records show that the superintendent accepted the offer of money and indicated that he would support the program in question.
The former superintendent allegedly received numerous payments. However, the payments were apparently not reported on the man’s income tax returns. In addition, he supposedly reported deduction and business losses on his tax form that did not occur. The man has apparently agreed to work with authorities in a plea agreement.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the recruiter has been charged with paying a bribe to an agent of an organization receiving federal funds and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of unlawful activity. The former superintendent has reportedly entered a plea of filing a false tax return, underreporting his income and overreporting his itemized deductions. As part of his plea agreement, the man has agreed to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and pay all taxes and penalties owed.
A conviction of federal crimes in Georgia could result in penalties ranging from fines to significant time in prison. Someone facing charges of these crimes should seek assistance in presenting the strongest defense possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help clients understand the charges against them and create a defense that will focus on minimizing the negative impact on their lives.
Source: macon.com, “Dallemand pleads guilty, Whitby indicted in corruption probe“, Amy Leigh Womack, Aug. 11, 2017