A federal probe into corruption at Atlanta City Hall has resulted in another indictment.
Former Deputy Chief of Staff Evelyn Katrina Taylor-Parks has been charged with taking bribes while working for the city.
“From approximately January 2010 to May 2018, Parks served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, working with the Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and Department Commissioners to advance the administration’s legislative agenda with the Atlanta City Council,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. “She also served as a representative on several community outreach committees. From 2011 to February 2014, Parks conspired to accept bribes from a vendor with the City of Atlanta. The vendor paid Parks thousands of dollars, and in return the vendor received tens of thousands of dollars for City of Atlanta contract work. Parks filed financial disclosure statements with the City of Atlanta in which she falsely attested that she was not self-employed or employed by any business or entity other than the City of Atlanta.”
Parks intends to plead guilty, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.
The probe has resulted in prison time for contractors Elvin R. Mitchell, Jr. and Charles P. Richards, Jr., former procurement officer Adam L. Smith and former city employee Shandarrick Barnes. His former boss, Human Resources Director Mitzi Bickers, has also been indicted on charges of accepting bribes.