DECATUR, Ga. -- Two DeKalb Public Works officials are accused of forcing a private contractor to "pay to play" on a county project.
Fidelis Ogbu and Neacacha Joyner were indicted Tuesday on federal charges of bribery and extortion. The 59-year-old engineering supervisor and 40-year-old construction inspector are accused of exploiting their positions to extort money from a contractor hired for a sidewalk project. Federal prosecutors say the two made the contractor pay them off to avoid delays on the project and gain future projects.
"The actions of the defendants, as alleged in this indictment, serve as the core definition of public corruption," FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Lamkin said in a statement.