Wife files for divorce from Atlanta contractor in bribery scandal
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The wife of an Atlanta contractor who pleaded guilty last month in the City Hall bribery investigation has filed for divorce, citing Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr.’s recent criminal conviction in the case among her reasons to end their 28-year marriage.
Marjorie Mitchell also alleges her husband “maxed out” the couple’s Atlanta and South Carolina homes with debt after she paid off the mortgages, and used funds kept in a trust for their children for himself, according to a divorce complaint filed early Monday in Fulton County Superior Court. Mitchell, who admitted last month to paying more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for city of Atlanta contracts, agreed in his guilty plea to testify in the federal probe.
Also named in the divorce as a co-defendant is Mitzi Bickers, a former Atlanta school board president, political consultant and pastor, who once worked for one of E.R. Mitchell’s companies. Esther Panitch, Marjorie Mitchell’s attorney, said Bickers may have interests in a number of companies and properties connected to E.R. Mitchell that his client would have rights to in a divorce.