Atlanta City Hall
Atlanta City Hall (John Disney/Daily Report)

A second city contractor is now cooperating with a federal investigation into allegations of bribery at Atlanta City Hall after he pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count Thursday.

But federal charging documents for contractor Charles P. Richards Jr., owner of C.P. Richards Construction Co. and C.P. Richards & Associates, and city contractor Elvin R. Mitchell Jr.—who pleaded guilty to a single bribery conspiracy count last month—still have not revealed to whom the bribes were paid and for whom they were intended.

Richards pleaded guilty to a criminal information accusing him of conspiring with Mitchell in what federal prosecutors have called a pay-to-play scheme. Richards paid at least $185,000 in multiple bribes to an unidentified individual in order to secure city contracts, according to the criminal information. Richards did so believing that some portion of the money would be paid to city officials who could influence the city contracting and procurement process.

In return, from 2010 to 2015, Richards and Mitchell and their companies received lucrative contracts with City Hall, according to the criminal information.

On Thursday, Richards’ counsel, Decatur attorney Lynne Borsuk, said that Richards “is deeply remorseful for that conduct.”

Borsuk said that when investigating authorities approached Richards, “He cooperated with them immediately and fully” and will continue to do so.

Borsuk declined to say to whom Richards had paid the monies or for whom they may have been intended.

Richards, 64, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Steve Jones three weeks after Mitchell, 63, pleaded to a similar bribery conspiracy charge. Mitchell, owner of E.R. Mitchell Co., Cascade Building System LLC, E.R. Mitchell Group and E.R. Mitchell Construction, pleaded to having paid more than $1 million to an unidentified individual in return for city contracts. Mitchell is represented by Atlanta attorney Craig Gillen.

A second city contractor is now cooperating with a federal investigation into allegations of bribery at Atlanta City Hall after he pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count Thursday.

But federal charging documents for contractor Charles P. Richards Jr., owner of C.P. Richards Construction Co. and C.P. Richards & Associates, and city contractor Elvin R. Mitchell Jr.—who pleaded guilty to a single bribery conspiracy count last month—still have not revealed to whom the bribes were paid and for whom they were intended.

Richards pleaded guilty to a criminal information accusing him of conspiring with Mitchell in what federal prosecutors have called a pay-to-play scheme. Richards paid at least $185,000 in multiple bribes to an unidentified individual in order to secure city contracts, according to the criminal information. Richards did so believing that some portion of the money would be paid to city officials who could influence the city contracting and procurement process.

In return, from 2010 to 2015, Richards and Mitchell and their companies received lucrative contracts with City Hall, according to the criminal information.

On Thursday, Richards’ counsel, Decatur attorney Lynne Borsuk, said that Richards “is deeply remorseful for that conduct.”

Borsuk said that when investigating authorities approached Richards, “He cooperated with them immediately and fully” and will continue to do so.

Borsuk declined to say to whom Richards had paid the monies or for whom they may have been intended.

Richards, 64, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Steve Jones three weeks after Mitchell, 63, pleaded to a similar bribery conspiracy charge. Mitchell, owner of E.R. Mitchell Co., Cascade Building System LLC, E.R. Mitchell Group and E.R. Mitchell Construction, pleaded to having paid more than $1 million to an unidentified individual in return for city contracts. Mitchell is represented by Atlanta attorney Craig Gillen.