Aide to Ex-Atlanta Mayor Charged With Bribery in Corruption Probe

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A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall.

Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also allegedly accepted a $2,000 payment but was not charged.

The complaint, unsealed Wednesday, said the unnamed vendor who paid the couple received more than $80,000 from the city in the months just after the alleged bribes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was able to identify the vendor as BridgeNet LLC, by cross-referencing the payments in the complaint to a database of city-issued checks. In 2013, BridgeNet received a no-bid contract with the city for WiFi service at Piedmont Park, the AJC found. It was led by Paul Marshall, a Marietta man who has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in an unrelated case.

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