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Northern District of Georgia
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September 16, 2014

Former DeKalb and Georgia World Congress Center Official Indicted on Public Corruption Charges

ATLANTA—Patrick Jackson, a former janitorial services manager for DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center, has been indicted and arraigned on charges of mail fraud and bribery.

“Jackson is charged with abusing his official positions with DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “According to the indictment, over a six-year period he accepted bribes in exchange for his helping a company attain and maintain exclusive government contracts.”

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “The FBI Atlanta office’s public corruption program remains very active and determined in exposing the criminal conduct of public officials. The investigation and indictment of Mr. Jackson serves as further example of the FBI’s commitment toward accountability for those serving the public and holding positions of trust.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: Jackson was simultaneously employed by two government entities, DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center, from approximately 2006-2012. In both positions, he served as the manager of janitorial services. The indictment alleges that Jackson used his position as a public official to obtain favors from a company, identified only as “Company A,” that provided janitorial services to both DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center. Jackson was employed by “Company A” prior to his employment with DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center.

While employed by DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center, Jackson lived in a luxury apartment in Atlanta that was being paid for and furnished by “Company A.” In exchange, Jackson agreed to use his position as a public official to benefit the interests of “Company A” in its business dealings with DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center. Jackson did not disclose to either employer that “Company A” was providing him with an apartment. The indictment alleges that, by accepting these bribes, Jackson deprived his employers of their right to his honest services.

Patrick Jackson, 55, of Loganville, Ga., was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker. Jackson was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 9, 2014.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys Jamie L. Mickelson and Kamal Ghali are prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.Presse-mails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/.

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