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Grovetown Councilman indicted for bribery in Alabama

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 5:22pm  |  Updated: June 28, 2012 - 11:58am
Grovetown city councilman Sonny McDowell, vice president of Southern Detention Technoilogies Inc., displays the fingerprint scanner and computer that is used with e*Dent Alabama Fingerprint Processing Network in October 2008. McDowell has been indicted on four counts of bribery by a federal grand jury in Alabama involving what the U.S. Attorney's Office says is a scheme to solicit bribes for the state's purchase of the system.    FILE
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Grovetown city councilman Sonny McDowell, vice president of Southern Detention Technoilogies Inc., displays the fingerprint scanner and computer that is used with e*Dent Alabama Fingerprint Processing Network in October 2008. McDowell has been indicted on four counts of bribery by a federal grand jury in Alabama involving what the U.S. Attorney's Office says is a scheme to solicit bribes for the state's purchase of the system.

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A Grovetown City Councilman was recently indicted on federal bribery charges.

Leland J. “Sonny” McDowell, is accused of offering a kick-back to a former Alabama Department of of Public Safety employee in 2007.

McDowell and James E. Potts, of Montgomery, Ala., face a four-count indictment alleging bribery related to a program receiving federal funds, according to a statement from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office Middle District of Alabama.

Part of Potts’ public safety job in July 2007 was helping the Alabama Department of Human Resources solicit bids for an electronic fingerprint system. McDowell is owner of Southern Detention Technologies Inc., which sells fingerprint machines.

The indictment accused McDowell of offering and Potts accepting a $1,700 check and $1 for every fingerprint scan run related to the DHR, according to the statement.

McDowell confirmed the indictment Wednesday, but declined to comment further.

If convicted, McDowell and Pottts face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

McDowell was elected to the City Council in late 2009. His four-year term ends at the end of next year.

He is the founder of the now-defunct Grovetown Merchants Association and championed the city’s ongoing effort to revitalize downtown Grovetown through the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan.

Grovetown Mayor George James said he and other city leaders were shocked by the indictment.

McDowell will remain on City Council, as the indictment is only an accusation. If McDowell is convicted of or pleads guilty to charges, he’ll be removed from the council, James said.

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sugarbutton

As Grovetown turns their own tables.

I'm sure amazed....never dreamed anyone of his importance and tenure in self appraisal would find trouble in his life. Who woulda ever thought? Oh yeah, this is the man who sees no importance in the low dog employees that work for the city he is a counciman for. Let the crying begin....or as some might say....Let us rejoice...Let us rejoice, and be glad in it...and be glad in it. Or move on to another good one..."Look what the Lord has done"

I think there's a couple more that should scoot on out and see what happens when you stir up stuff....It starts stanking and usually leads back to the instigator. Do I hear an AMEN?

Sweet son

Greed; Isn't it amazing!

Don't know anything about the man or his company but it seems that he had a product that if it did the job could have made him a lot of money. But that nasty word "greed" got in his way. $1700 and $1 for each set of prints will cost him a good sum of money and hopefully some jail time. Thank the Lord for "whistle blowers."

Don't you know that the Grovetown old timers hate to see "their" city's name in print. Probably like the Hephzibah Mafia! LOL!

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