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Sentencing in E-rate Fraud and Bribery Case

According to a press release issued by the US Department of Justice, a man has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of bribery and conspiring to bribe a school official.

R. Clay Harris was sentenced to five years in prison and has been ordered to pay restitution of over $230,000 for his role in a case of bribery involving a former Atlanta Public Schools official.  In this case, Harris, who was the CEO and an owner of Multimedia Communications Services, paid bribes to the then technology director of APS in exchange for contracts.

"Today's sentencing demonstrates the Department's resolve to hold accountable individuals who disrupt the competitive process and frustrate efforts to help our nation's economically disadvantaged school children," said Deborah A. Garza, Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department's Antitrust Division.

Harris's co-conspirator in the scheme, Arthur Scott, testified against Harris. Scott pled guilty to similar charges in May 2007 and is currently serving a three-year sentence in federal prison.

U.S. DoJ Press Release

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