Atlanta Mayor’s daughter pleads guilty in drug case

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Atlanta Mayor’s daughter pleads guilty in drug case

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

A daughter of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin pleaded guilty today to federal charges that she illegally concealed proceeds from her former husband’s transcontinental drug-trafficking ring.

Kai Franklin Graham, 35, the oldest of the mayor’s three children, pleaded guilty to structuring financial transactions in a way that avoided scrutiny from federal authorities.

While her former husband, Tremayne Graham, 34, was a fugitive from justice, she converted cash from him into 14 postal money orders totaling $14,000. She admitted going to seven Atlanta area post offices in a single day to avoid federal financial rules that would require reports of transactions exceeding $2,000.

It’ll be interesting to watch how this plays out politically. And socially. And on television. Case reads like a bad daytime drama, including the subtle implication that Mayor Franklin herself is not without link to the case: “Graham then told an associate that he had moved into the mayor’s house, hoping to signal he feared he, too, would be killed.”

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