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Feds Charge Noble Village Developer With Bribery

Feds say developer Mark Gary, a former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner paid Lasseter $30,000 to influence her vote on a solid waste transfer station. Gary's business is currently developing Noble Village in Peachtree Corners.

Former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Mark Gary has been charged by federal authorities in Atlanta with bribery in connection with a payment made to then-Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, according to media reports.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday (Sept. 5) that Gary, who is part of Gary Holding Group in Johns Creek, paid $30,000 in casino chips to influence Lasseter's vote on a solid waste transfer station in Norcross.

The Gary Holding Group is also the developer in the new Noble Village at Spalding, a senior living center located on the former site of the

Lasseter voted for the transfer station on April 28, 2009. The following June, Gary gave the chips to her son, John Fanning, federal court documents say.

Lasseter, whose Gwinnett District 1 included Suwanee, Duluth and Sugar Hill, appointed Gary to the planning commission in 2009, according to media reports.

Among other projects, Gary developed Noble Village senior center on Satellite Boulevard in Suwanee.

Lasseter, Fanning and Flowery Branch businessman Carl "Skip" Cain are to be sentenced Wednesday (Sept. 5) on federal bribery charges. Lasseter resigned from the Gwinnett BOC in May.

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Patch will have continuing updates on the Lasseter sentencing and related matters.

Marisant September 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
So how do we know that everything that was decided with the Noble Village Peachtree Corners was on the up and up? I find it interesting that they began bulldozing before the Peachtree Corners Planning Commission was named.
Robert J. Nebel September 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
There's an old song that comes to mind: "How Long (Has This Been Goin' On?)" http://youtu.be/wAVl_IJV5eI
PTC Concerns September 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
More than likely this deal was in the works prior to the formation of the city of Peachtree Corners so it would not have been influenced by the city or its planning commission. A deal this size takes time to put together. This would have been governed by gwinnett county and we don't know that it was on the up and up, but we hope that it was done fairly. I am ok with a senior living center as they create jobs, pay taxes and don't add any overhead to the schools. Bring on the old folks! Much better than a burned out church.
Marisant September 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The decisions made by the Gwinnett County Planning Commissioners regarding the property on Spalding Drive, were done back in 2009/10. Shirley Lassiter and Mr. Gary were on the commission. Mr Gary abstained. There are a lot of unknowns. We're looking forward to working with the new Peachtree Corners Planning Commission.
j vail September 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I absolutely agree with you. How do we know? And why was there a rush to clear the area right before our Planning Commission took it's oath? This is very curious. There may have been other County Commissioners in on this one that enabled Mr. Gary to abstain from voting! Is there not any recourse from moving forward on this project until it is investigated further? For those interested, check out Kudzu's reviews of the Noble Village at Sugarloaf. 3 out of 4 are very negative. Certainly, if given the opportunity, our Peachtree Corners Planning Commission could find a more reputable organization to be built on the Spalding Drive property!

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