Report made public today outlines bribery case

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 11:00 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 10:50 PM
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A Richmond County Sheriff’s report maintains a local attorney offered a contract to operate the parking deck of the proposed downtown trade, exhibit and exhibition center.

David Fry, 57, was arrested at his home on Indian Cove Road off Berckmans Road on Tuesday on charges that he tried to bribe Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason and Commissioner Corey Johnson to change their votes to fund the $38 million center.

According to the report made public today, Mr. Fry approached Mr. Mason and Mr. Johnson and offered them “the contract to operate a parking deck to the TEE Center in exchange for the complainant and victim’s votes for the TEE Center.”

Commissioners and city officials have previously said the two commissioners were offered posts in a management company, yet to be established, that would operate the deck. Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said at a press conference Tuesday that Mr. Fry called Mr. Mason and Mr. Johnson on Aug. 21 and set up a meeting.

The two went to Mr. Fry's home and heard the attorney propose his plan, the sheriff said.

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themaninthemirror 09/09/09 - 12:31 pm
Let's hand it to Corey

Let's hand it to Corey Johnson and Alvin Mason. It is apparent that Mr. Fry was trying to play to some sort of financial enrichment plot for these two men, but thank God they were smarter than the old white man. Instead they had enough integrity to and self preservation to hold their heads high and realize that this man was blowing more smoke than the
Chattanooga choo choo. They are to be commended for doing the right thing.

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Native Augustan 09/09/09 - 12:56 pm
The real question is -- how

The real question is -- how was he going to get the contract for the parking garage and who was he fronting for? Who is trying to sell the property for the proposed parking deck? Someone stands to make money on the deal and what they were offering the two Commissioners would be small beans compared to what the parking deal could make this mystery person. Do some checking and see who Mr. Fry was working for.

LaTwon 09/09/09 - 01:09 pm
also why would the

also why would the commissioners meet with him unless he was a known middleman?

TrueVoice 09/09/09 - 01:25 pm
Approach either of these guys

Approach either of these guys individually with the same deal and we wouldn't be hearing about this.

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