Former tax supervisor charged with fraud while awaiting jail for bribery & blackmail

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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Northern District of Georgia


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, December 16, 2022

Former supervisor in local tax office charged with committing fraud while waiting to report to federal prison on bribery and blackmail charges

ATLANTA – Gerald D. Harris, a former supervisor in DeKalb County’s Tax Commissioner’s Office, has been charged with wire fraud for falsely claiming that he could register a stolen vehicle by bribing an employee in the tax office.

“In 2020, Harris pleaded guilty to bribery and blackmail for accepting cash to unlawfully register vehicles and for extorting one of the individuals who had paid him bribe money,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Based on the COVID-19 pandemic, the sentencing judge compassionately gave Harris almost six months to report to prison. Rather than use that time to arrange his affairs – in a brazen display of audacity, Harris allegedly executed a…

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