Atlanta contractor sentenced to 5 years in bribery scheme

- An Atlanta contractor has been sentenced after a federal investigation into bribes paid for city of Atlanta contracts. 

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Elvin R. Mitchell Jr. has been sentenced to five years in prison and will have to pay $1 million in restitution. FOX 5's Senior I-Team Reporter Dale Russell was there as the sentence was delivered. 

Mitchell and Charles P. Richards Jr., also a construction company owner, each pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Prosecutors say Mitchell and Richards conspired to pay city officials to award them lucrative city contracts, with more than $1 million paid out between 2010 and 2015.

Richards' sentencing is set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The federal investigation continues.

The city's former chief procurement officer, Adam L. Smith, pleaded guilty last month to conspiratorial bribery and is set to be sentenced in January. Prosecutors say Smith accepted bribes to give contracts to an unnamed vendor.

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