Letter may shed light on TEE Center bribery offer

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 4:36 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 10:50 PM
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If the motive remains a mystery in an alleged bribery attempt involving parking deck profits and the downtown trade, exhibit and event center, a handwritten document attorney David W. Fry purportedly gave two city commissioners may shed some light.

According to an attorney who read it, the author of the illicit offer wanted a cut for himself.

Mr. Fry, 57, faces two counts of bribery, accused of offering Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason and Commissioner Corey Johnson a contract to operate a parking deck if they would change their votes to approve the TEE center. Commissioner and city officials have said the two were offered posts in a management company, yet to be established.

Mr. Fry was arrested at his Indian Cove Road home Tuesday and is currently free on $11,400 bond.

At a news conference Tuesday announcing the charges, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Mr. Mason and Mr. Johnson met with Mr. Fry the evening of Aug. 21 – a Friday – then went to see Attorney Freddie Sanders the following Monday. Mr. Sanders then contacted the sheriff’s office and arranged for the two to make a formal report, she sheriff said.

Mr. Sanders told The Chronicle today that Mr. Mason had been trying to reach him all weekend. He said he had represented Mr. Mason in other matters in the past.

At his office, both commissioners were upset over their meeting with Mr. Fry, Mr. Sanders said.

“They were just livid at how wrong this was,” he said.

They showed him a handwritten letter that laid out the whole plan, even floating a possible name for the company and laying out percentages for Mr. Mason, Mr. Johnson and the writer, Mr. Sanders said. He said he couldn’t recall the percentage amounts nor the proposed company name.

“When I first looked at it, it was incredible,” Mr. Sanders said. “In all my years, I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Mr. Sanders said he made an appointment with the sheriff, accompanied the two when they went to the department and hasn’t been involved since.

Sheriff Strength wouldn’t comment on the case today. Asked about a motive, he said, “I don’t know. I really don’t. Maybe in the course of things, we’ll find out.”

The sheriff said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing, that his office has obtained documents and recordings supporting the charges and that more arrests are possible.

A message left at Mr. Fry’s home today has not been immediately returned.

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HillGuy
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HillGuy 09/09/09 - 03:42 pm
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This guy must have thought he

This guy must have thought he would have been given the contract to operate the parking deck. Now who would have lead him to believe he would get the management of the parking deck to make this offer? Who would have controlled the parking deck to make this happen for Mr. Fry?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 09/09/09 - 03:45 pm
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Just becuase someone "says"

Just becuase someone "says" they have no involvement with Mr Fry, doesn't mean that it's true. There's certainly much more to this story.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 09/09/09 - 04:16 pm
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There will be no one that

There will be no one that will admit to being associated with Mr. Fry. We will be lucky if anyone admits to even knowing Mr. Fry. I tell this whole thing is a conspiracy to scuttle the TEE center. It is working as planned. The three commissioners and Mr. Fry are colateral damage and would have been expended if the bribes were accepted. The bribes would have been made public shortly after a vote where either of the commissioners voted to move forward with the TEE Center.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 09/09/09 - 04:19 pm
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newsreader.. what alternate

newsreader.. what alternate universe do you live in?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 09/09/09 - 04:57 pm
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The proponents of the TEE

The proponents of the TEE Center obviously live in a fantasy world.. more reason not to believe their exaggerated claims about it.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 09/09/09 - 05:02 pm
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Only in Augusta.

Only in Augusta.

The Big O
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The Big O 09/09/09 - 05:40 pm
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Welcome to Mini-Memphis!

Welcome to Mini-Memphis!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/09/09 - 07:19 pm
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Why would a parking deck,

Why would a parking deck, paid for by the taxpayers, generate a profit before its paid for? RED FLAG!!!

HillGuy
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HillGuy 09/09/09 - 10:51 pm
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good-ole-boy machine politics

good-ole-boy machine politics at it's finest.. looks like the days of the Augusta mafia are not over.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 09/09/09 - 11:33 pm
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Billy has alot to profit from

Billy has alot to profit from this deal.

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