United States: Suit: Bucci should forfeit pay, benefits after taking bribes

A candidate for the Macomb Township board has filed a lawsuit seeking recovery of all pay and benefits received by former township trustee Dino Bucci, who is awaiting sentencing on federal charges in a public corruption probe.

Bucci, 60, pleaded guilty in May to extortion and conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs with federal funds. He has admitted his role in a “pay-to-play” scheme in which he solicited and accepted more than $60,000 in bribes from a contractor in exchange for a lucrative paving job in the township.

The complaint from Attorney Frank Cusumano Jr., one of seven candidates running for four board seats in the Nov. 3 election, seeks recovery of all of Bucci’s salary and wages since Nov. 5, 2014 — the date he has admitted taking his first bribe from Christopher Sorrentino — until his retirement in November 2018. Sorrentino faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 21 for paying kickbacks to Bucci.

The original full article can be found at detroitnews.com

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