The feds’ investigation into alleged corruption at Atlanta City Hall during the administration of former Mayor Kasim Reed has been underway since well before January 2017. Two contractors and a former city procurement officer have been sent to prison.
In the newest case, according to the feds, on or about May 2, 2017, the Department of Procurement announced that the City of Atlanta sought to enter a contract for a vendor to establish and operate a kitchen/restaurant at the Ground Transportation Building at Atlanta’s airport. The kitchen/restaurant would serve the large and growing number of taxi, limousine, and rideshare drivers who provided transportation services to passengers traveling to and from Atlanta’s airport.
The feds say the Department of Procurement projected that the kitchen/restaurant at the Ground Transportation Building would generate annual revenue of $200,000, and result in rent payments to the City of Atlanta of $13,000 per year. The City of Atlanta offered a 10-year term for the kitchen/restaurant contract, with a three-year renewal option. Choudhary’s company was one of the bidders for the contract.
” ‘Official-1’ was the Department of Procurement official responsible for overseeing the bidding process and, thus, influenced the awarding of the kitchen/restaurant contract,” the feds say. “After the contract was announced, Choudhary paid a $10,000 bribe to Official-1 to obtain the contract. After the first bribe payment, Official-1 instructed Choudhary that he had to pay another $10,000 to receive the contract. Choudhary paid the second $10,000 bribe. Following Choudhary’s payment of $20,000 to Official-1, the City of Atlanta awarded the contract to Choudhary’s company.”
Sentencing for Choudhary will be announced at a later date.