Detroit, Oct 5 (AP) A federal grand jury indicted a Detroit city councilman on bribery charges. Also Read - What Luck! Detroit Man Wins $2 Million After Accidentally Buying An Extra Lottery Ticket
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit on Thursday said Gabe Leland faces one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery. Also Read - 'She Had Her Eyes Open': 20-Year-Old Michigan Woman Declared Dead Found Alive at Funeral Home!
Authorities said USD 15,000 in bribes and free auto body work were solicited and accepted from a local business owner. The indictment also accuses Leland of agreeing to help delay or prevent the city’s sale of property the business owner believed was his. Also Read - 'They're Going to Kill Me': George Floyd's Last Words Displayed on Banners Across Skies in 5 US Cities
Campaign worker Elisa Grubbs was charged Wednesday with bribery conspiracy. She is accused of accepting cash Aug. 4, 2017 from a business owner.
Leland is charged with taking a USD 7,500 cash bribe on that date, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. A statement on the indictment did not say if Grubbs worked for Leland’s campaign.
“The public demands and is entitled to honest public servants,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater said Thursday in a statement.
“Today’s indictment of Detroit City Council Member Gabriel Leland underscores the fact that individuals who hold a position of public trust and who betray that trust will be held accountable. The FBI is committed to aggressively investigating allegations of public corruption.” Leland was elected in 2013, just a few weeks after former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to prison for 28 years for city hall corruption. Leland was re-elected in 2017.
If convicted, Leland faces up to 10 years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine for each bribery count and up to five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine for conspiracy.
The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from Leland and his attorney.
A bar owner sued Leland in July in federal court, accusing him of extorting more than USD 5,000 in alcohol and food from the now-closed business.
Centre Park Bar co-owner Kenneth Bridgewater said in the suit that during a 2016 discussion about leasing and police harassment issues Leland demanded free alcohol and food for himself and a friend.
Leland told reporters that he “probably” had food and a drink at the bar while discussing city business, but said the lawsuit was a “witch hunt” and that the claims were “allegations”. (AP) DIP DIP
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