A construction company owner is expected to enter a guilty plea later this month on charges of bribery and money laundering in connection with contracts from Atlanta City Hall.

According to a report from CBS46, Elvin Mitchell Jr., 63, is accused of paying more than $1 million to secure City of Atlanta contracts. According to a statement released by U.S. Attorney John Horn, Mitchell and another person in the construction industry paid the money over a period of five years “to an individual in exchange for City of Atlanta contracts, believing that some of the money would be paid to city official/s who exercised influence over the contracting process.”

The attorney for the City of Atlanta released the following statement:

For quite some time, the City Law Department has been actively involved in assisting the Justice Department in its investigation. We will continue to do so. Any allegation that the City’s procurement process has been compromised in any way undermines the public’s trust in government. Accordingly, we will not rest until this case is fully resolved and justice has been served.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.