Former Lead Manger Of United States Postal
Service Garage In Detroit Pleads Guilty
Bruce Plumb, the former Lead Manager at the United States Postal Service ("Postal Service") Vehicle Maintenance Facility ("VMF") in Detroit pleaded guilty yesterday to taking illegal gratuities because of his official acts in directing repair and maintenance work to a private contractor United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Joanne Yarbrough, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Major Fraud Investigations Division (OIG).
During a hearing yesterday afternoon before United States District Judge Avern Cohn, Plumb, 62 of Brownstown, Michigan, admitted that between 2009 and 2010 he accepted between $10,000 and $30,000 in illegal gratuities, including weekly visits with prostitutes, multiple trips to strip clubs, a $3,000 brick paver patio, and over $8,000 in free service work on his grandson's truck from the owner of Metro Diesel. Metro Diesel was a contractor located in Detroit that was paid over $13 million by the Postal Service for work repairing and maintaining Postal vehicles. Plumb was in charge of the Postal Service's VMF in Detroit from 2006 through December 2010. Plumb had the responsibility to decide whether work on Postal Service vehicles would be performed by Postal employees or sent out to private contractors. He also had the responsibility to decide which private contractor would be used for work sent outside of the Postal Service VMF.
"The public deserves honest services from public officials in federal, state, and local government, and we will go after anyone who takes advantage of a position of trust," McQuade said.
Previously, on August 24, 2011, Jeffery Adams, 50, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery with the owner of Metro Diesel. Adams was the Manager of the USPS VMF in Akron, Ohio, and Adams had previously served as a Supervisor at the VMF in Detroit.
Also, on June 23, 2011, Mancer Holmes, 49, of Farmington Hills, Michigan pleaded guilty to conspiring with the owner of Metro Diesel to commit bribery. Holmes served as a Lead Automotive Technician at the USPS Bulk Mail Center in Allen Park, Michigan, and he served as a Lead Mechanic at the VMF in Detroit.
On November 14, 2011, Denny Robinson, 36, of Brownstown Township, Michigan pleaded guilty to conspiring to with the owner of Metro Diesel to commit bribery. Robinson served as the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor at the VMF in Detroit.
Based on his guilty plea and felony conviction for accepting illegal gratuities because of official acts as a Postal Service Manager, Plumb is facing a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the Postal Service OIG. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David A. Gardey.