Fulton County inspector sentenced to prison for bribery

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — A former Fulton County erosion control inspector was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Tuesday for soliciting and taking cash and other bribes from contractors he was inspecting for the county.

U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said 56-year-old Don Mitchell of Atlanta defrauded the citizens of Fulton County and compromised the important work of his office.

‘‘This case demonstrates, once again, that corrupt public officials face federal prosecution and imprisonment,’’ Nahmias said. ‘‘We continue to encourage anyone who has been solicited to pay bribes to government officials to come forward and report these serious crimes to the FBI.’’

Mitchell is to serve the last five months in a halfway house and then serve two years of supervised release.

The government said Mitchell solicited and accepted bribes from a grading contractor based in Marietta, which Mitchell had ticketed for alleged violations. The bribes included a $100 gift card to the Red Lobster Restaurant.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charges on July 7 in federal district court.

The contractor made two illegal payments, the $100 gift card and one payment of $500 cash, before notifying authorities, the government said.