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.