Lasseter, Son Reportedly Face Bribery Charges

Son also charged with cocaine possession and intent to distribute. Gwinnett BOC Commissioner has resigned, reports say.

Gwinnett County District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, whose district includes Suwanee and Duluth, reportedly has been charged by federal authorities with bribery, according to published reports.

Lasseter, a former mayor of Duluth, resigned her Gwinnett position Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday, Lasseter accepted $35,000 in bribes last year for her vote and influence involving a development on Boggs Road, the AJC reported.

A court hearing for the three defendants is scheduled for Thursday, an indication that some or all of the defendants could be entering guilty pleas. Lasseter resigned her office today, her attorney said.

Also charged are Lasseter's son, John Fanning, and businessman Carl Cain. Fanning and Cain are also charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, the AJC reported.

Patch will have more details soon on this development.

Ben May 31, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Wow...Would the last honest politician, PLEASE come forward....
R T June 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Typical politician. They are genetically incapable of honesty or ethical behavior.
Steve Rausch June 01, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Lassiter like many others with big egos want to get involved in politics for the ego factor, then discover the power, then turn to abuse of that power and get into money to have more power. It's sad but it is reality when someone doesn't have a solid core of values. All who serve in public office should be cautious no matter what level they serve.


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