Friday, December 28, 2012
U.S. District Court judge grants extension until Jan. 7 because Cain's wife was hospitalized. Cain had been scheduled to report to federal prison Dec. 19.
After being granted a brief reprieve because his wife was in the hospital, Carl “Skip” Cain of Flowery Branch has been ordered to report to federal prison by Jan. 7 to begin serving a 57-month sentence without parole. Cain pleaded guilty earlier this year to participating in a bribery scheme involving former Gwinnett County commissioner Shirley Lasseter and to drug trafficking charges. Cain, 65, has been assigned to a federal prison in Edgefield, SC. The Federal Correctional Institute at Edgefield is a medium security facility for male offenders. It is located near the Georgia-SC border about 25 miles north of Augusta. FCI-Edgefield has a current prison population of 1,668. Lasseter began serving a 33-month sentence for bribery Dec. 12 at …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Patch confirms that former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter arrived at Satellite Prison Camp in Marianna, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 12, to start serving a 33-month sentence.
This article first appeared on Duluth Patch: Patch has confirmed that former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, who was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to serve 33 months in federal prison for bribery, reported as scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to her assigned facility in Marianna, Fla. Lasseter was assigned to a minimum security Satellite Prison Camp (SPC) for female offenders located adjacent to the Marianna, FL, Federal Correctional Institute (FCI), a medium security prison for male inmates. The FCI has a population of 1,270 male inmates. The SPC houses 375 female inmates. A prison spokesman confirmed that Lasseter arrived Wednesday to start serving her prison term. FCI Marianna is located in the Florida …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter reportedly tells AJC in an interview that developers told her bribing county officials was the way to get business done.
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has reportedly revealed in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that bribery was a common practice in Gwinnett County. Lasseter is slated to enter federal prison soon after pleading guilty and being sentenced to serve 33 months in prison for accepting bribes in 2011 from an undercover FBI agent to approve a proposed development in her commission district. Developers told her after she took office in 2009 that making illegal payments to government officials in the county was the way to get business done, according to an Associated Press article citing her interview with the AJC posted on ajc.com Saturday morning. Lasseter told the AJC that developers reported they made …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The son of former Gwinnett commissioner Lasseter was located via a tracking device, according to the Gwinnett Sheriff's report.
John Fanning, jailed without bond since a domestic dispute on Friday (Oct. 5) in Dacula that involved his estranged family, beat his wife with a table and table leg within view of their children, according to a Gwinnett Sheriff's incident report. John Fanning, son of former Gwinnett commissioner Shirley Lasseter, fled to a nearby wooded area after the incident and was located by Gwinnett Sheriff's SWAT officers via an electronic tracking device, the report says. The report says the incident occured between 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, and 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 5. John Fanning's three children "watched John L. Fanning beat their mother with the wooden table and legs of table, causing visible bruising and lacerations of her forearms, legs and …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The son of former Gwinnett Commissioner Shirley Lasseter is being held without bond in the Gwinnett Detention Center after an arrest Friday.
John Fanning, son of former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, was booked into the Gwinnett Detention Center on Friday morning, Oct. 5, on charges that include aggravated assault and cruelty to children (third degree), records show. Fanning, already facing a federal prison sentence for bribery and drug trafficking charges, is being held without bond on the assault charge, as well as a charge of false imprisonment. Fanning, with a listed address of Bold Springs Road in Dacula, was booked into the jail at 11:28 a.m., records show. Also, Gwinnett Court records show that Fanning faces previous charges of battery, cruelty to children and obstructing a 911 call. After an Oct. 3 court hearing, the case is still open and a trial is …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sentencing for Gwinnett developer scheduled Jan. 3 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.
Gwinnett developer Mark Gary, 39, of Duluth, pleaded guilty Monday (Oct. 1) in federal district court in Atlanta to a charge of bribing then Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter in 2009 to secure approval of a proposed waste transfer station in which he held a personal stake. Gary's sentencing hearing was scheduled for Jan. 3 before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. “Today’s guilty plea shows that paying off a public official is a losing bet,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a press release issued by her office. “Gwinnett County’s approval of competing real estate developments is not a game in which votes are for sale to the highest bidder. We will continue to aggressively pursue business people who corrupt the…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Lasseter has four to six weeks to report to the federal prison she will be assigned to.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison without parole on Wednesday for accepting bribes. Sentencing was delayed until Sept. 18 for Lasseter’s son, John Fanning, and another defendant, Carl “Skip” Cain. Lasseter has four to six weeks to report to federal prison. U.S. Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. recommended that she be incarcerated close to Atlanta so she can be close to her family. Lasseter's attorney, Stephen Johnson, had argued in federal court in Atlanta for a 24-month sentence, but the judge opted for the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s recommendation. Several family members and friends spoke on Lasseter’s behalf, asking for leniency based on her record of community service to Duluth …
Feds say developer Mark Gary paid Lasseter $30,000 to influence her vote on a solid waste transfer station.
Former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Mark Gary has been charged by federal authorities in Atlanta with bribery in connection with a payment made to then-Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, according to media reports. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday (Sept. 5) that Gary, who is part of Gary Holding Group in Johns Creek, paid $30,000 in casino chips to influence Lasseter's vote on a solid waste transfer station in Norcross. Lasseter voted for the transfer station on April 28, 2009. The following June, Gary gave the chips to her son, John Fanning, federal court documents say. Lasseter, whose Gwinnett District 1 included Suwanee, Duluth and Sugar Hill, appointed Gary to the planning commission in 2009, according to media reports…
Attorneys for former Gwinnett Commissioner Shirley Lasseter and her son John Fanning file motions to reduce sentences.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Based on information he has reportedly provided in an ongoing investigation of corruption in Gwinnett County, the son of former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter is seeking a reduced sentence on bribery and drug trafficking charges, according to an article Tuesday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Fanning, Lasseter and Carl “Skip” Cain are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Atlanta Wednesday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. Fanning’s attorney William Thomas Jr. filed a motion Monday containing the information. While cooperating with the probe, Fanning provided information to investigators on three targets of the investigation including at least one person who tried to buy Lasseter’s vote, the …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
U.S. Attorney's Office seeking at least a 30-day continuance of sentencing for Shirley Lasseter and other defendants in bribery case to facilitate matters related to their cooperation into ongoing investigation of corruption in Gwinnett County.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Friday (July 20) filed a request in federal district court in Atlanta for at least a 30-day continuance of the sentencing hearing for former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, her son John Fanning, and Carl “Skip” Cain. The hearing is currently set for Aug. 6. U.S. District Attorney Sally Quillian Yates and Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas W. Gilfillan filed the motion for unopposed continuance in the Atlanta Division of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The court has not yet ruled on the motion to continue the sentencing hearing so it is not known yet whether the sentencing will occur on Aug. 6 or another date. Lasseter pleaded guilty May 31 in the court to accepting $36,500 in…