| Kasim Reed |
|Born||Mohammed Kasim Reed|
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Howard University|
Former US up-and-coming politician. Found guilty of wire fraud in 2021
A Democrat, Reed was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 and represented the 35th District in the Georgia State Senate from 2003 to 2009. He was campaign manager for Shirley Franklin's successful Atlanta mayoral campaign in 2001. After Franklin was term limited from the mayor's office, Reed successfully ran for the position in 2009. Inaugurated on January 4, 2010, Reed was elected to a second term in 2013, and sat until January 2018.
Bribery Charges and Federal Indictment
In February 2017, Reed fired the city's chief procurement officer after two city contractors pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges. At a February 9 news conference, Reed insisted, "I have never taken a bribe", and gave reporters physical access to 406 boxes of documents that had been demanded by federal investigators.
On August 15, 2018, Katrina Taylor-Parks, pleaded guilty to conspiring to accept bribe payments while serving as the City of Atlanta's Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor Kasim Reed for approximately eight years. She will be sentenced up to five years in prison. Atlanta's top purchasing officer, Adam Smith, received a reduced sentence of 27 months in prison. In a separate hearing, Mitzi Bickers, the former Human Services Director and campaign advisor of Mayor Reed is accused of taking over 2 million dollars in bribes.
In September 2021 a federal grand jury investigation found Kasim Reed guilty of wire fraud and misuse of campaign funds donations.. The ruling contained a list of questionable items that appeared to be personal and were bought with the politician's donated campaign money. It detailed a $179 purchase at a lingerie store; $4259 at a vacation resort, $2079 at a jewelry store, and $1003 at a Caribbean resort.
Event Participated in
|Bilderberg/2014||29 May 2014||1 June 2014||Denmark|
|The 62nd Bilderberg, with 136 guests, held in Copenhagen|