Ex-Wayne Co. aide pleads guilty to taking bribes - Fox 2 News Headlines

Ex-Wayne Co. aide pleads guilty to taking bribes, obstructing justice

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Tahir Kazmi, a former aide to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, has plead guilty to accepting bribes from a contractor, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

At a hearing in federal court, they say the county's ex-chief information officer admitted that he took around $70,000 worth of bribes that included cash and trips to Hawaii, Turkey and Florida from 2009 to 2011.

The U.S. Attorney's Office also says a contractor that had multi-million dollar technology contracts with the county paid the bribes, and that Kazmi further admitted his decisions were influenced by those bribes.

They tell us Kazmi also admitted to obstructing the FBI's investigation.

Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff reports Kazmi accepted a plea deal, forfeit $35,000, accept prison time ranging from four and a half to six years and to tell the feds everything he knows about corruption in Wayne County.  He will be formerly sentenced on October 26.

"The citizens of our community deserve honest government, and we will continue to investigate corruption in city, county, state or federal government.  Public officials should be on notice that illegal conduct will be detected and prosecuted," said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

Ficano issued the following statement.  "Mr. Kazmi violated the trust of the public and the entire administration, scheming in the shadows to enrich himself."  He went on to say, "This is an important step forward as we move towards completion of the process."

Charlie LeDuff has more on this story in his video report.

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