Friday, June 26, 2009

Detroit Corruption Continues As City Council Member Who Is Wife Of Congressman Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charge

Detroit city councilwoman and wife of Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) Monica Conyers pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery before United States District Judge Avern Cohn.

According to records filed at the time of the plea, Conyers, 44, admitted to misusing her office of Detroit City Council president pro tem and her position as a trustee of the City of Detroit General Retirement System pension for personal gain.

According to the records, Conyers and an aide received payments from people who sought contracts, money and/or favorable treatment from the City Council or the pension fund. One example of this was in 2007, when Conyers admitted to receiving cash payments from Rayford Jackson knowing that the payments were made to influence votes in favor of a $1.2 billion contract with Synagro Technologies. She now faces the possibility of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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