Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Details Emerge on DWSD Efforts to Recover Kick-Backs and Illegal Profits

New details have emerged about DWSD's nvestigation into contractors linked to the corruption probe and federal indictments of disgraced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, former Director Victor Mercado and contractor Bobby Ferguson (Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. and Xcel Construction Services).  

As we reported last month (here), the Board of Water Commissioners on May 25, 2011 approved a $250,000 contract  to retain the Miller Canfield law firm to investigate both contracts and contractors identified in the 38-count federal indictment handed down last December 

When this agreement went to City Council for approval earlier this week, head of the City of Detroit Law Department, Krystal Crittendon reportedly told Council Members that Miller Canfield would be paid $250,000 to research possible claims, but that any lawsuits to recover kick-backs or illegal profits would be handled on a contingency fee basis.

For more about DWSD Update, click here.

Update (9/28): Acting Director Chris Brown indicated at today's Water Board Meeting, in response to a question from Chairperson Mary Blackmon, that Miller Canfield will be submitting their report to the Board by the October 26, 2011 Board Meeting.  

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