Atlanta bribery probe: When has the city received federal subpoenas?

TIMELINE: See how many federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued since 2016.


The city of Atlanta has received at least eight federal grand jury subpoenas in relation to the ongoing federal corruption probe of City Hall. The one on Sept. 9, 2016, is the only one not promptly released by the city within days or a few weeks of requests by the media. 

July 16, 2018: A four-point subpoena demanded the city produce requests, approvals and payouts for any leave taken or received by members of the mayor’s cabinet from Jan. 1, 2014, to Jan. 15, 2018. The subpoena also asked for leave balances for each cabinet member and the city’s policies relating to requests for leave.

Aug. 19, 2016Prosecutors seek records related to Mitzi Bickers, a former director of human services and political consultant who helped Reed win his first run for mayor in 2009. The feds also asked for records related to Bickers’ partner Keyla Jackson. 

Sept. 9, 2016: Prosecutors issue a broad subpoena seeking records related to former airport general manager Miguel Southwellformer watershed commissioner JoAnn Macrina and the city’s purchasing chief, Adam Smith. They also sought records related to airport and watershed contracts and a number of city contractors. 

Nov. 30, 2016: Prosecutors subpoenaed the city for records related to contractors Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. and Charles P. Richards Jr. and companies tied to the two men. Mitchell and Richards later pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay bribes to win city contracts. 

Feb. 17, 2017: A grand jury issues a subpoena seeking Smith’s laptop and city-issued smartphone, as well as personnel records and emails pertaining to the purchasing director. On Feb. 21, the feds entered City Hall and Smith was fired the same day. He would plead guilty to accepting bribes in September. 

Sept. 19, 2017: The feds subpoenaed the city for records related to the PRAD Group, a longtime city contractor, and several related companies. It also sought records of executive Jeff Jafari, who has since left the company. 

April 3, 2018: The feds subpoenaed records from the city pertaining to city deputy chief of staff Katrina Taylor Parks, including personnel records, ethics pledges and records related to any communications between Parks and a company called FOGFUELS, whose top executive, Paul Marshall, was recently sentenced to federal prison for defrauding investors. 

April 6, 2018: A subpoena sought records of purchases on former Mayor Kasim Reed’s city-issued credit card, along with information about Reed’s brother, Tracy. The subpoena also sought additional records related to Bickers and Parks related to credit card purchases, and for records associated with a city-tied nonprofit, Partners for Prosperity

April 23, 2018: The city received a federal subpoena for personnel records related to Parks’ husband, DeAnthony Parks. 

-- AJC Local News & Government Audience Specialist Mandi Albright assisted with this content.

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