United States: Ex-city official charged in ongoing Atlanta corruption probe

A former high-ranking city official has been indicted in an ongoing federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall.

Former commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management, Jo Ann Macrina, 63, is charged with conspiratorial bribery, bribery and tax evasion, federal prosecutors said in a news release Friday. The charges stem from her acceptance of money and other items of value from Lohrasb “Jeff” Jafari, a former contractor for the city and for DeKalb County, prosecutors said.

A February 2019 indictment accused Jafari of tax evasion, money laundering and bribing former city chief procurement officer Adam Smith, who has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison. Jafari has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Additional counts of bribery and tampering with a witness have been filed against Jafari for bribes he paid to Macrina, prosecutors said.

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