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Cumming man indicted in DeKalb County bribery case
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING — A Cumming resident was among three men indicted for allegedly bribing a public official employed by DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center in exchange for “favorable treatment” on contracts between their former janitorial services company and the two government entities.

John Rife, 65, was named in a 10-count indictment charging him, 47-year-old Brian Domalik of Kennesaw and 63-year-old Anthony Lepore of Birmingham, Ala., with conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud.

Rife’s arraignment date has not been set, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to U.S. Attorney John Horn, Rife was the regional vice president of Rite Way Services Inc., an Alabama-based company that sought to do business with both the DeKalb County government and the Georgia World Congress Center.

“This indictment reaches to the very top suites of the company, charging complicity in the bribery at the highest levels,” Horn said.

Rife worked out of the Norcross facility with Domalik, who was the division manager, while Lepore was the president and CEO.

The indictment alleges the three defendants, through Rite Way, conspired to bribe Patrick Jackson, who was simultaneously employed by both government entities as the manager of janitorial services from about 2006-12.

In exchange for Rite Way contracts with the two entities, Jackson was supposedly facilitated with payments for a furnished luxury apartment in Atlanta.

Jackson did not disclose to either employer that Rite Way, which obtained contracts with both during his employment, was paying for an apartment where he resided.

“This indictment illustrates that alleged corruption involving public officials will not be tolerated in the state of Georgia,” said Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “It is essential that violators of these types of crimes be held accountable.”

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and GBI.

Jackson, 55, of Loganville, has pleaded guilty. He was sentenced on Aug. 12 by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. to four years and three months in federal prison and was ordered to pay restitution to both DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center.

Another former Rite Way employee, 55-year-old Cecil K. Clark of Jonesboro, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 30 to one year and five months in federal prison, ordered to pay restitution to both government entities and fined $20,000.