Saturday, August 18, 2007
A DOJ Press Release reports that "[t]wo former members of the City Council of Gadsden, Ala., a former city employee, and one consultant have been sentenced for their participation in a bribery and wire fraud conspiracy that operated from August 2005 through February 2006." The convictions were part of what had been called Operation Costly Influence. The four sentences ranged from 18 - 50 months. The press release states that "[t]he charges stem from a bribery scheme in which [one of the defendants], working with an individual who was cooperating with the FBI, made cash payments to influence and reward members of the Gadsden City Council for their votes in connection with a real estate development."