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Former Atlanta CPO Admits Taking Bribes From Supplier

A former chief procurement officer for the City of Atlanta has admitted accepting payments in exchange for helping a vendor win city contracts.

Federal prosecutor attorney John Horn said Adam Smith took more than $30,000 between 2015-17 from an unnamed vendor in exchange for information and counsel about the city's procurement process as well as specific bids.

Horn said Smith, who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy, would meet the vendor at local restaurants.

“During most of these meetings, Smith and the vendor got up from the table and met secretly in the restaurant’s bathroom where the vendor gave Smith approximately $1,000 in cash payments as bribes,” he said.

City ethics rules require contractors to reveal personal and financial relationships with public officials or their families.

Smith had a city salary of more than $200,000, according to Atlanta Journal.

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Federal prosecutor attorney John Horn said Adam Smith took more than $30,000 between 2015-17 from an unnamed vendor in exchange for information and counsel about the city's procurement process as well as specific bids.

Horn said Smith, who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy, would meet the vendor at local restaurants.

“During most of these meetings, Smith and the vendor got up from the table and met secretly in the restaurant’s bathroom where the vendor gave Smith approximately $1,000 in cash payments as bribes,” he said.

City ethics rules require contractors to reveal personal and financial relationships with public officials or their families.

Smith had a city salary of more than $200,000, according to Atlanta Journal.

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