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Cotton to begin serving time for bribery, extortion charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Former Chattanooga county commissioner William Cotton is scheduled to begin his prison term this week.

Cotton is the second defendant to begin serving time on charges stemming from the Tennessee Waltz scandal. He's set to report today to Edgefield Federal Correctional Institution in South Carolina, where he will serve three years.

Tennessee Waltz focused on an F-B-I front company, called E-Cycle Management, that supposedly wanted to buy and resell used government computers.

Prosecutors say undercover agents acting as E-Cycle representatives bribed lawmakers and local government officials while pretending to set up business in Tennessee.

A jury in February convicted Cotton on charges of taking $4,500 dollars in bribes to support a resolution in the county commission beneficial to the phony company.

Former state Representative Chris Newton pleaded guilty in August to extortion charges and in April began serving a year-long prison in Atlanta.

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