Alabama man pleads guilty to bribery, Georgia co-defendant on trial
by Associated Press Wire
April 02, 2013 10:15 AM | 554 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former supervisor with the Alabama Department of Public Safety has pleaded guilty to bribery, and his co-defendant from Georgia is on trial in Montgomery.

Federal court records show James E. Potts pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of bribery. Co-defendant, Leland J. “Sonny” McDowell of Grovetown, Ga., went on trial Monday.

A federal grand jury indicted McDowell and Potts year. The indictment said McDowell worked for a fingerprinting machine company, Southern Detention Technologies Inc., in 2007 when the state was setting up a system to do criminal background checks.

Potts was an assistant supervisor with Public Safety.

The indictment accuses McDowell of offering Potts $1,700 up front and $1 per fingerprint scan to recommend his company for the contract.

Potts resigned from Public Safety in 2008.

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