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Feds Offer Detroit Councilwoman Monica Conyers — Rep. John Conyer’s Wife — A Plea in Corruption Probe

Monica Conyers/council photo

The FBI has been probing public corruption in Detroit for quite a while now. This latest involving Councilwoman Monica Conyers (in photo)  is only the tip of the iceberg.

By JIM SCHAEFER, M.L ELRICK, BEN SCHMITT and JOE SWICKARD
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Federal prosecutors have offered Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers a plea deal as part of their wide-ranging investigation of City Hall corruption, but she has not accepted it, the Free Press learned today.

The development comes a day after the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed that two key figures in a sludge-disposal deal admitted paying Conyers thousands of dollars in bribes to secure her support for a $1.2-billion city contract with Synagro Technologies. Conyers, who initially opposed the 2007 deal, switched her position as the council voted 5-4 to let Synagro dispose of wastewater sludge.

A source familiar with the inquiry said federal investigators also are talking to Conyers about investments by Detroit’s public pension funds. Conyers is a former trustee for the city’s general retirement fund.

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