Former executive charged with bribing Atlanta official

March 06, 2019 - 2:27 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former executive with a longtime city of Atlanta vendor gave bribes to the city's former chief procurement officer to get work.

A 51-count indictment against Lohrasb "Jeff" Jafari was unsealed Wednesday and includes charges of bribery, tax evasion and money laundering.

Jafari's attorney Steve Sadow said in an email that he couldn't comment because he hadn't seen the indictment.

The indictment says Jafari was the executive vice president of PRAD Group, which provided architectural, design and engineering services for the city.

The indictment says Jafari met with former Atlanta chief procurement officer Adam Smith multiple times from at least August 2014 to January 2017. It says Jafari gave Smith cash "with the intent to influence" Smith.

Smith has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison.

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