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United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan -

Monica Conyers, former City Council President Pro Tem and Trustee of the City’s General Retirement System, pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy and was sentenced to 37 months

Rayford Jackson, former consultant to Synagro Technologies (an environmental technology company from Houston), pled guilty to bribing Councilwoman Conyers and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

James Rosendall, former President of Synagro of Michigan, pled guilty to a bribery conspiracy and was sentenced to 11 months.

John Clark - former Chief of Staff to the then Detroit City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., pleaded guilty to lying to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") during their corruption investigation relating to the Synagro Technologies, Inc. ("Synagro") sludge hauling contract. Clark was sentenced to 5 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

Samuel L. Riddle, Jr., was sentenced to 37 months for his role in conspiring to bribe Southfield City Councilman William Lattimore in connection with the Southfield City Council's approval of the relocation of a pawn shop and other related offenses. In addition, Riddle was sentenced on charges that he conspired with Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers to extort money from individuals having business before the Detroit City Council and the Board of
Trustees of the General Retirement System.

Mary Waters was sentenced to one-year probation for her role in the Southfield
conspiracy.

William Lattimore, a former member of the Southfield City Council, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today based on his conviction for bribery.

DeDan C. Milton (former Executive Assistant to the former Mayor of Detroit), Kandia Milton (Liaison to City Council for the former Mayor, and later Deputy Mayor) and Jerry Rivers (a former police officer) all pleaded guilty to participating in a bribery conspiracy relating to the sale of property by the City of Detroit – namely, a 160-acre campsite in Livingston County called Camp Brighton/Detroit Recreation Camp. DeDan Milton was sentenced to 37 months, Kandia Milton was sentenced to 14 months and Rivers received 12 months and a day.

Glenn Blanton, former Director of Cobo Hall Civic Center (Detroit's municipal
convention center), pled guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with his receipt of bribes, cooperated with the government, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Lou Pavledes, former Director of Cobo Hall Civic Center, pled guilty to structuring his receipt of bribe payments to evade currency reporting requirements, cooperated with the government, and was sentenced to 14 months.

Karl Kado, President of Metro Services Organization, a municipal contractor,
pled guilty to evading taxes associated with moneys used to bribe public officials,
cooperated with the government, and was sentenced to probation.

Derrick Miller, former Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Detroit, pleaded
guilty to corruption and tax offenses. Awaiting sentencing.

Emma Bell, a former fundraiser for Kwame Kilpatrick, pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion. She is awaiting sentencing.

Victor Mercado, former Director of the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy related to the ongoing public corruption trial of formerMayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and long time friend Bobby Ferguson.

Andrew Park - an owner and executive of Asian Village Detroit, Inc. ("Asian Village"), Pangborn Technovations, Inc. ("PTI"), and the Security Communication Alert Network ("SCAN"), was sentenced to twelve months in prison and two years of supervised release based on Park's December 17, 2010 guilty plea to tax evasion for his failure to report and pay taxes. Park was also ordered to restitution in the amount of $302,000.

Jon Rutherford - president and CEO of Metro Emergency Services, Inc., (MES) was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release and Judith Bugaiski, the former Controller of MES, was sentenced to three years probation, with the first 90 days to be served in a residential re-entry program. Bugaiski was also ordered to pay $69,445 to the Internal Revenue Service. Rutherford diverted grant money to himself, and channeled money into his property management company, DPR Management LLC, (DPR) so that he could use the money for political payments and campaign expenses. Bugaiski, at the direction of Rutherford, maintained the books and records, knowing that the information was false.

Marc Andre Cunningham - Former Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Detroit during the Kilpatrick Administration, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. At the request of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Cunningham agreed to reward the former mayor for supporting the pension fund deal by paying the former mayor's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, a portion of the $300,000 commission that Cunningham received from the venture capital firm. After Cunningham received his periodic commission payments from the venture capital firm, he gave a portion of that money (in amounts between $4,000 to $6,000), in cash, to Bernard Kilpatrick. The total amount of cash Cunningham paid to Bernard Kilpatrick was at least $15,000. He is awaiting sentence.

Tabitha Goodner - former Operations Manager of XCEL Construction Services,
Inc. pleaded guilty to her role in the bid-rigging case against Bobby Ferguson.
Goodner submitted false documents as part of an effort to allow Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. to bid on, perform and receive payment for public works projects awarded by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Goodner was ordered to by a $5,000 fine.

Shakib Deria - former Project Executive and former Director of Demolition and Environmental Remediation at Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. pleaded guilty for his role in the bid-rigging case against Bobby Ferguson involving the Garden View Estates public housing project in Detroit. Deria helped Bobby W. Ferguson obtain $171,000.00 in cash through eighteen separate withdrawals of $9,500.00 each made from that account. The two structured the withdrawals into amounts under $10,000.00 in an effort to avoid having those transactions reported to
federal authorities. Deria received a sentence of 36 months probation.

Rodney Burrell - A businessman from Northville, Michigan pleaded guilty for his
role in the Ferguson bid-rigging conspiracy case involving the Garden View
Estates public housing project in Detroit. Burrell falsely inflated project bid
documents submitted in the name of BURRELL's company called R & R Heavy
Haulers. A second defendant named Brian Dodds also pleaded guilty to
participating in the same bid rigging scheme on behalf of his company D & R
Earthmoving. The false bids were created at the direction of Bobby Ferguson and
were used as part of a dishonest scheme to make it appear that the $11.9 million
bid submitted by Bobby W. Ferguson's company Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. was
the "lowest" bid presented to perform demolition, earth work, and utilities
installation at the Garden View Estates project. Both received a sentence of 24
months probation.

Charlie Golden - former Assistant Superintendent of Buildings for the City of
Detroit, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery. Golden admitted to meeting with
a City contractor whose contracts Golden supervised and accepted a $10,000
bribe payment which Golden intended to use to pay for the installation of a range
hood and fan at his privately-owned church. He is awaiting sentencing.

Roy Dixon - president of Onyx Capital Advisers, was charged in a superseding
indictment with defrauding and embezzling over $3 million from the two City of
Detroit pension funds and a City of Pontiac pension fund. Dixon also was
charged with conspiring with former City of Detroit Treasurer Jeffrey Beasley to
give Beasley and others bribes in order to secure approval of Dixon's requests for investment money from pension funds. Dixon was added as a defendant in a
superseding indictment that had originally named Beasley alone with conspiring
with others to personally enrich himself and his co-conspirators by accepting
bribes in return for approving investment requests to the Detroit pension funds.
The superseding indictment also adds a new charge against Beasley for taking a
bribe from Dixon. Both are awaiting trial.

Chauncey Mayfield - former investment advisor to the two City of Detroit
pension funds, pleaded guilty to conspiring with former Detroit Treasurer Jeffrey
Beasley to pay him bribes in exchange for new business from the pension funds,
Mayfield admitted that between 2006 and 2008 he had an agreement with the
then City Treasurer Beasley to pay bribes to Beasley and others to influence
Beasley's decisions as a Trustee of Detroit's Police and Fire Retirement System
and General Retirement System. He is awaiting sentencing.

Kwame Kipatrick, Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson.

Michael Woodhouse - awaiting re-trial


Calvin Hall - awaiting re-trial


Alonzo Bates - former Detroit City Councilman hired and paid "ghost"
employees and accepted free construction services in exchange for favorable
voting as a council member. Received a sentence of 33 months and ordered to
pay restitution in the amount of $91,168.


Mike Rosette - contractor made false statements to FBI in regards to the Bates
investigation and was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay a
$5,000 fine.


Britni Barber - Bates' ghost employee, pleaded guilty to theft and sentenced to
2 years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $32,000.


Verenda Arnold - Bates' ghost employee, pleaded guilty to theft and sentenced
to 2 years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $43,000.
37 individuals charged, 32 convictions, 5 awaiting trial, including Ferguson, 6
awaiting sentencing.

37 individuals charged, 32 convictions, 5 awaiting trial, including Ferguson, 6
awaiting sentencing.

 

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