Montgomery Man Faces Bribery Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted Montgomery resident James Potts, 56, with a federal crime relating to his involvement in a bribery scheme while he was working as an employee for the state.

Part of Potts' job was to help the state Department of Human Recourses solicit bids from different companies for a system that scans fingerprints in order to perform criminal background checks. Prosecutors say that in 2007, a man in Georgia representing a company which offers these fingerprinting services gave Potts a check for more than $1,700 and $1 additionally for

each fingerprint check his company performed that was related to the Department of Human Resources' background check system.

The Department of Human Resources needs the system in order to perform background checks on all prospective foster parents, adoptive parents, and day care providers, according to a DHR spokesperson.

Steering a state contract in this way is considered a serious crime, and Potts could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 if he is convicted on the four counts with which he is charged. It is important to note that in white collar crimes as with other criminal cases, the accused party is presumed innocent until prosecutors can prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you or someone you know has been charged with a white collar crime or other offense, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your innocence.

Source: The Montgomery Advertiser, "Ex-DPS worker charged", Scott Johnson, June 19, 2012.

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