Former WCC manager indicted on corruption charges

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A former manager for the Georgia World Congress Center and DeKalb County has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of mail fraud and bribery related to government contracts for janitorial services.

Patrick Jackson, 55, of Loganville, was the janitorial services manager for both the WCC and DeKalb during the 2006-12 period. He has been accused by federal prosecutors of taking bribes in return for helping to secure government contracts for an unnamed company.

“Over a six-year period he accepted bribes in exchange for his helping a company attain and maintain exclusive government contracts,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said.

Yates said Jackson was simultaneously employed by the two government entities and used his position to obtain favors from a company, identified as “Company A,” that provided janitorial services to both agencies. Jackson had been employed by “Company A” prior to working for DeKalb and the World Congress Center.

Jackson lived in a luxury apartment in Atlanta that was being paid for and furnished by “Company A” and did not disclose to either employer that “Company A” was providing him with the apartment.

The indictment alleges that in accepting these bribes, Jackson deprived his employers of their right to his honest services.

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Tags: bribery , federal indictment , Georgia World Congress Center , government contracts , U.S. Attorney Sally Yates