FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETENTION OFFICER CONVICTED OF BRIBERY
Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, Jr. today announces the conviction of ROBERT JAMES,41, by guilty plea of Bribery and Violation of Oath of Office.
An investigation into a detention officer and a bail bonding agent at the Alpharetta Jail uncovered a bribery scheme in which Fulton County Detention Officer, ROBERT JAMES illegally referred inmates to Gloria Garcia, an employee of AA OK Bail Bonds company. The scheme lasted for approximately one year, from June 2014 through June 2015, during which time Garcia paid ROBERT JAMES $7,000. During the investigation, several detainees at the Fulton County Alpharetta Jail facility stated that JAMES encouraged them to use Garcia’s bail bonding services. Under Georgia Law, law enforcement officials are prohibited from suggesting or in any way participating in an arrestee’s selection of a bonding company.
On November 28, 2017, ROBERT JAMES was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $5,000 after pleading guilty to the following charges:
- Violation of Oath by Public Officer
- Unlawful for Law Enforcement to Engage in Bail Bond Business
- Giving of Advice by Law Enforcement Officers as to Services of Professional Bondsmen
Additionally, ROBERT JAMES is required to surrender his Peace Officers Standards and Training Certification and mandated to testify in any subsequent trial of Gloria Garcia. JAMES resigned from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer on September 2, 2015.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, Jep Bendinger of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit with the assistance of Investigator, Wilner Piquant also of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit. Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, Mark Grant led the investigation.