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Former Atlanta Mayor Receives Corruption Case Subpoena

Kasim Reed's spending records the focus

Maria Boynton
April 18, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is apparently working to produce documents that have been requested by federal prosecutors.

It was January 2017 when I asked then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed what, if any role, he played in the ongoing cash-for-contracts federal investigation, he told me "the role I play is the role as Mayor."
Reed went on to say, "we have run a clean administration and we are cooperating with the federal authorities. My role is to follow the facts and make sure that any individuals involved in any wrongdoing are fully prosecuted and that's exactly what we're going to do."

At the time of the interview, Adam Smith, who lead the City of Atlanta's Office of Procurement had been fired. He has since been indicted for his part in the cash-for-contracts scandal and was sentenced to 27 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to receiving $30,000 in bribes from a vendor with the city. Two contractors, E.R. Mitchell and Charles Richards also pleaded guilty. They were indicted and sentenced to prison. Mitzi Bickers, a former Reed campaign consultant, was indicted last week on charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes.

Now, Mayor Reed's name has surfaced, for the first time, in the federal corruption investigation. Federal subpoenas are requesting records pertaining to Reed's city-issued credit card. Reports indicate that a subpoena also demands information about Tracy Reed, brother of the former mayor; Mitzi Bickers; and high-ranking city officials Eloisa Klementich, chief executive of Invest Atlanta; and Katrina Taylor Parks, Reed's former deputy chief of staff. Klementich and Parks are still in Atlanta city government.

According to former federal prosecutor, Atlanta attorney Jeff Brickman, "the U.S. Attorney's office has decided that they believe that the person, or the company that receives a subpoena, has information that would be of value to the government's investigation, whether it's a new investigation or an ongoing investigation."

Based on what's been seen so far, Brickman says, "with the investigation, indictments, guilty pleas, and based on what Mr. Pak has made very clear to the public, that his investigation is going to continue and that he and his staff are going to continue to look into this case and follow the evidence where ever it leads them. Brickman is referring to U.S. Attorney BJay Pak, who has said that "the ethics and culture of an organization starts at the top. When you have repeated instances of corruption, it's time to look at that culture."