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    Feds: Ex-DeKalb deputy chief Donald Frank took bribes

     

    Donald E. Frank, former deputy police chief for DeKalb County, was arraigned today for allegedly accepting two bribes from a small business owner.

    Prosecutors said Frank, 46, solicited the bribes from co-defendant Amin Budhwani, 46, in October 2008. The indictment describes each of the alleged bribes as “something of value of $5,000 or more.”

    Frank, who was demoted to lieutenant last year, was placed on administrative leave without pay, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ office said this afternoon.

    Here’s the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office:

     

    FORMER DEKALB COUNTY DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF

    INDICTED FOR TAKING BRIBES

    Donald E. Frank Charged with Accepting Bribes from Small Business Owner

    ATLANTA, GA –  DONALD E. FRANK, 46, of Monroe, Georgia, was arraigned late today before United States Magistrate Judge C. Christopher Hagy, and is expected to be released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. FRANK faces federal charges of accepting bribes to influence the performance of his official duties.  Co-defendant AMIN BUDHWANI, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia, was previously arraigned for giving bribes to FRANK.

    “Law enforcement officers are supposed to enforce the law, not break the law,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “While the vast majority of officers obey and uphold the law, Deputy Chief Frank is charged with using his badge to line his pockets.”

    Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta, said, “Because of the very nature of the crime, the FBI has made public corruption our top criminal investigative priority, noting that, unlike other crimes, it erodes public confidence and can strike at the very heart of good government.  While rooting out corruption is exceptionally difficult, the FBI is well suited for the mission. In addition to the experience of our investigators and the sophisticated techniques at our disposal, many of our public corruption investigations begin with a tip from concerned citizens who encounter the corruption and report it.  The FBI is always grateful to those who come forward with information that will help ensure the integrity of government, and its representatives, at all levels.”

    According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: FRANK accepted bribes from BUDHWANI on two separate occasions in October 2008.  Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  In determining the actual sentence, the Court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.

    FRANK was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 18, 2010.  BUDHWANI was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 24, 2010.

    Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only allegations.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

    This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the DeKalb County Police Department.

    Assistant United States Attorney Susan Coppedge is prosecuting the case.

     

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    14 Responses to “Feds: Ex-DeKalb deputy chief Donald Frank took bribes”

    1. Old DeKalb Hand says:

      This guy was the head of Vernon Jones security detail. Maybe the Feds are finally closing in on Vernon Jones’ crimes.

    2. Retired DeKalb PD Vet says:

      Don Frank is very ‘dirty’; one of Vernon Jones’ thugs. Another is Buck West, still with DeKalb PD. If you can makes cases on Frank and West, both who were with Jones a majority of the time he was in office as ‘body guards’, you will get what’s needed to make a case against Jones and other high ranking persons with and retired at DeKalb PD and the DeKalb goverment.

    3. LoFlyer says:

      Vernon is a pretty smart guy but has huge character flaws. Most of the stuff he did was all verbal and unless someone was wired there is no evidence to indict, much less convict the SOB. The feds do have there ways, and finking on a higher-profile politician will get you a get-out-jail card from the feds. Personally I don’t think Franks will turn on Vern. The obvious question is why does not Gwen Keys, DeKalb DA crank up some grand juries and start doing some investigations? DeKalb government has a lot to answer for under Vernon’s tenure as CEO.

    4. Need Integrity says:

      It was reported that Mr. Budhwani was under “illegal status”. How did this business man get a business license while under “illegal status”? Are there any government agencies enforcing the law?

      It’s easy to make money in the form of “bribes” if you’re dealing with an illegal. Mr. Budhwani did not want to leave the country. Did Donald Frank use his position on Homeland Security to scam “illegal” business men as well as others?

      When an officer in control of Homeland Security allegedly takes bribes, we are really in trouble when it comes to security against terrorist. However, a majority of our officers are the opposite of Donald Frank!

      Feds, please clean these criminals from our police department and local government. Please do not forget the soon to be arrested arrogant think he’s above the law prior CEO and now want to be Congressman —-Vernon Jones!

    5. Never thought I'd see the day says:

      It’s sad that an officer who is entrusted to uphold the law breaks the law. Donald Frank is not the only one. There are many others who are involved and one can only hope that Mr. Frank will have the sense to do the right thing. His actions has brought shame and disgrace to Dekalb County Government, the Police Dept and most of all his family.

    6. Concerned Person says:

      For anyone who doesn’t know, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. While you all are making your opinions, keep that in mind. No one REALLY knows whats going on behind the scenes, and for the “Never thought I’d see the day” who said he embarrassed his family, then OBVIOUSLY you don’t know his family, so you can’t speak for them, so keep your comments about them on a factual basis.

    7. Another Concerned Person says:

      This Budhwani guy was indicted in March, Frank in May. Can you read between the lines. He obviously turned on Frank to save his butt. Some of you have already convicted him on the word of a shady illegal business men. How would you feel if someone falsely accused you of something and before you had your day in court everyone had already written you off. Or simply say well you must have done something. Yes the FEDS have a high conviction rate. 97% percent to be exact. But what about that 3%. Think about the lives they distroy. Do you know what it cost to defend yourself against the federal governrment?

    8. Jerri Norris says:

      This sounds like a play out of Burrell Ellis playbook. He has had it in for Vernon Jones for a very long time. Once he got into the CEO office (which he had been trying to get) his main goal for to dig at Vernon, the way to do that is to take down the ones who are closest to your main target.

      He is innocent until proven guilty!!!!!

    9. Jerri Norris says:

      This sounds like a play out of Burrell Ellis playbook. He has had it in for Vernon Jones for a very long time. Once he got into the CEO office (which he had been trying to get) his main goal was to dig at Vernon, the way to do that is to take down the ones who are closest to your main target.

      He is innocent until proven guilty!!!!!

    10. Name One says:

      During the Vernon Jones tenure, a police officer used a police dept. computer to do background checks on a diverse group of people who had one thing in common: They had all ‘crossed vernon Jones”. The GBI did a sham investigation, and never found the culprit.

      But they diod find out that Don Frank used a police dept. computer to do a background check on his estranged wife and her boyfriend.

      Of course it was Don Frank who did those illegal background checks for Vernon.

      Hopefully noe, Don Frank will come clean on all the dirty deeds he performed for Vernon Jones.

    11. Happily in love says:

      Frank is my friend and I LOVE HIM DEARLY and the truth will prevail No weapon formed against him will prosper.. I love and support him no matter what.

    12. Ditch digger says:

      When you dig a ditch for one you may as well dig on for yourself. I recall a few years back when some officiers were thrown in a ditch and innocent until proven guilty was never on the minds of the ditch diggers. Even after being proven innocent in court, society wouldn’t know that, because the press didn’t make such a big deal of publishing the outcome of those cases. So Donald what goes around comes around and Vern repent. Or you will be next!!!! Think about that!

      Sometimes I’m Goodie Goodie

    13. lp says:

      Frank is a shady character…..used the badge to further is own self-interest. It’s a classic case of hubris if you ask me.

    14. KEITH says:

      I HAVE KNOWN DON FRANK FEW AWHILE,AND ALL THE BAD TALK FROM PEOPLE THAT DONT EVEN KNOW HIM IS WRONG,THERE IS NOTHING HE WOULDNT DO TO HELP ANYONE IF THEY NEEDED IT,I JUST CANT SEE HIM DOING THIS,BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WERE HAVING TO DO IF YOU WERE WORKING FOR SOME THUG,COULD HAVE BEEN JUST PINNED ON MR. FRANK TO COVER HIS OWN BUTT,MR. FRANK IS A STRAIGHT UP GOOD GUY IN MY OPINION,SINCE I KNOW THE MAN AND MOST OF YOU DONT.

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