Perry rejects alcohol license application

mawalker@macon.comSeptember 22, 2010 

PERRY — City officials approved the alcohol license for one business on Tuesday, but rejected the other because the store’s supposed manager is a convicted felon.

Perry Public Safety Director George Potter wrote in a letter to City Manager Lee Gilmour that police officials investigating the license application said they had been told by Ghanshyam Kandas Patel that he was the manager of the One Stop Food Mart at 504 Perry Parkway. The license was applied for in the name of the business’s owner, Amrutbhai Bhktbhai Patel.

City officials found out about the criminal record for Ghanshyam Patel after performing a background check. Patel was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion in federal court in July. He was involved in a local scheme illegally issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

“I cannot recommend the awarding an alcoholic beverage license to the One Stop Food Mart since the new owner has employed a convicted federal felon to manage his store, which includes the sale of alcoholic beverages,” Potter said in his memo. “This brings into serious question as to whether the new ownership is sincere about complying with all federal and state laws and local ordinances.”

“I have a problem with a convicted felon being a manager of an establishment in Perry selling alcohol,” Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said Tuesday.

The council did issue an alcoholic beverage license to the Walgreen’s at 1100 Ball St.

The council also approved an amendment to the Perry Land Development Ordinance regarding accessory structures.

A section of the meeting where police and fire shift personnel were to be introduced was canceled because bad weather caused damage and several nonworking stop lights, making the shift personnel unable to attend the meeting.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.

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