Alabama Man Pleads Guilty, Georgia Man on Trial


By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former supervisor with the Alabama Department of Public Safety has pleaded guilty to bribery, and his co-defendant from Georgia is on trial in Montgomery.


Federal court records show James E. Potts pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of bribery. Co-defendant, Leland J. "Sonny" McDowell of Grovetown, Ga., went on trial Monday.


A federal grand jury indicted McDowell and Potts year. The indictment said McDowell worked for a fingerprinting machine company, Southern Detention Technologies Inc., in 2007 when the state was setting up a system to do criminal background checks.


Potts was an assistant supervisor with Public Safety.


The indictment accuses McDowell of offering Potts $1,700 up front and $1 per fingerprint scan to recommend his company for the contract.


Potts resigned from Public Safety in 2008.

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