ATLANTA: Kasim Reed’s former deputy chief of staff charged with bribery

By: Dale Russell, Fox 5 Atlanta

 – A key figure in former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has been charged in the ongoing federal investigation into alleged corruption at city hall.

FOX 5 has learned the U.S. Attorney has charged Reed’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Katrina Taylor-Parks with conspiracy to commit bribery.

The criminal charge accuses Tayor-Parks of writing thousands of dollars in checks to a business controlled by her husband and a $2,000 check to her own business, TKP Solutions L.L.C.

“As the Deputy Chief of Staff, the City of Atlanta and its citizens placed immeasurable trust in Parks to act in the best interests of the city,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said. “Public officials have a responsibility to lead with integrity. Regrettably, Parks allegedly exchanged the power and trust given to her for bribe money paid by a city contractor.”

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According to the U.S. Attorney and other information presented in court, Parks served at the position from January 2010 to May 2018, as well as working on community outreach committees. Officials now allege that she was paid thousands of dollars by vendors, and in return, the vendors received tens of thousands of dollars of contract work from the City of Atlanta.

Officials say that Taylor-Parks is expected to plead guilty in front of a judge on Monday, Aug. 13.

This is the latest charge or indictment in the ongoing federal investigation into allegations of corruption at Atlanta City Hall.