Friday, June 26, 2009

Synagro Scandal, "Council Member A" Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

Ending months of speculation, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty today to a single charge of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with approval of the $1.2 billion Synagro sludge contract in 2007. Ms. Conyers accepted payments totaling $6,000 in exchange for her vote.

In his statement, U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg closed the door Friday on additional prosecutions of elected Detroit City Council members in a corruption probe in connection with a sludge-hauling contract.
“Today’s guilty plea by Ms. Conyers marks the completion of the government’s investigation of the role that elected members of the Detroit City Council had in approving the Synagro contract, though the investigation regarding the Synagro contract continues as to others,” he said. “This investigation has not uncovered evidence sufficient to support charging any other elected members of the Detroit City Council with taking bribes or engaging in acts of corruption relating to the Synagro contract.”
Click here for the rest of the story from Crain's Detroit Business, and here for the Detroit Free Press story.

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