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Benefit Account Set Up for Lasseter

A friend takes the action "to help Shirley."

The support already is plentiful online for former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter.

A friend has set up an account at a Duluth bank to benefit the former Duluth mayor, who pleaded guilty Thursday to federal bribery charges.

Will you contribute to Lasseter's benefit account? Tell us in the comments below.

Jerry Robb, a friend of Lasseter, posted the notice of the benefit account on Facebook:

"An account at the Gwinnett Community Bank in Duluth has been set up to help Shirley. For anyone interested in donating money..Checks should be made out to Shirley's Fund, account #0040946. Thanks so much!!"

The bank is located on Buford Highway.

Lasseter apparently was in serious financial straits before her guilty plea. Her Duluth home was foreclosed on in 2009. Also, Robb was quoted in a recent media article as saying that Lasseter said her car ran out of gas because the gas gauge was not working properly and that she could not afford repairs.

In addition to facing up to 10 years in prison for her bribery conviction, Lasseter faces a fine of up to $250,000.

State campaign disclosure records list her current address as Woodiron Drive in Duluth.

Lasseter has not commented publicly or online since the news broke Thursday about her guilty plea and resignation from the Gwinnett Commission; Suwanee and Duluth were in her district.

Gwinnett officials still have not announced whether they will appoint someone to fill out her term, which expires Dec. 31.

Lasseter's son John Fanning also pleaded guilty to the same bribery scheme, in which an undercover FBI officer posed as a South Florida real estate developer. Lasseter accepted bribes totaling $36,500 in 2011, federal authorities said.

Other support for Lasseter also is evident on her Facebook page. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Even the best of us make mistakes. God will get you through this and you will be a better person (if that is possible) for it. You have done so many wonderful things for Duluth and Gwinnett County," posted Leigh Hudgins Landon.

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Moonpie June 03, 2012 at 07:53 PM
And the con continues. If you want to give to her fund... you are in need of refocusing. Apply your help (time/funds) to those who are helping themselves or who are helping our community (those who are battling cancer, going on mission trips, working three jobs for their family, mentoring children, or preventing DUIs). She needs to do her time in prison... once she comes out... then THAT is the time for rebuilding. If a child is going to time-out... we do not give them a candy bar while they wait or during the experience... what does that teach them or our society? There are MANY MANY MANY people who are hurting in our current times... none that have tried to take "known drug money (from an undercover FBI agent)" for the sale of COUNTY LAND. This post is NOT harsh... she needs to face the tune of her action... THEN is the time for rebuilding. Again, we do not give an alcoholic a sip of beer on their way to an AA meeting... if you want to help her... help those she SHOULD have been spending HER time helping in the first place.
Jay Byrd June 03, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Jack, I also find it strange that the first news of this outrage was a guilty verdict, not an accusation or an indictment. I think that they (Feds) may have presented their evidence to her around the same time that she would not seek re-election. She and her son may have a possible out, however, in that the government gave them fake cocaine. Would they not be open to a legal action for false representation?
Raven Nichols June 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
How about instead of contributing to a grown woman who committed a crime, we give our money to the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry? They are doing an amazing program this summer where they are delivering breakfast and lunch foods to hungry children. That's a deserving charity.
Moonpie June 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Now that is an insightful post... thank you Raven.
VoiceNow June 04, 2012 at 03:51 PM
"Mo money mo problems" even the Notorious B.I.G. gave this good advice before he got caught up in his own world of corruption. As a Gwinnett Resident, we are concerned for the next generation residents and the next County Commissioners who are going to serve us. We are drifting afar from becoming a great county again because of the past leadership. And I'm only 33 with a few children to worry about. But at least my master is always holding me accountable. Thank GOD!

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