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December 5, 2012

Ga. county official convicted in corruption case

ALBANY, Ga. — Federal authorities say a Sumter County commissioner has been convicted in a corruption case after he solicited and accepted bribes. 

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that a jury had found Al J. Hurley, of Americus, guilty of attempted extortion and federal program bribery. The verdict was read late Monday.

Officials say the 54-year-old commissioner promised to help award county contracting work to private contractors in exchange for money.

Authorities say Hurley faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the attempted extortion charge, and 10 years in prison for bribery. Each charge also carries a maximum of $250,000.

A sentencing date has not been set.

 

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