United States Postal Service Manager
Sentenced on Bribery Charges
A former U.S. Postal Service manager in Ann Arbor was sentenced in federal court today to 18 months in prison for conspiracy and accepting bribes, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Robert A. Lapina, the Special Agent in Charge of the Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Eastern Area.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn imposed sentence on Gregory Gorski, the former Manager of the United States Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Ann Arbor, after having been found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to commit bribery and accepting bribes from Joe Fawaz, the owner of Metro Diesel, a private contractor who serviced Postal trucks,
Following the conclusion of a seven day trial, a federal jury found Mr. Gorski guilty on all counts of the Indictment. Mr. Gorski was found guilty of four counts of taking bribes from a private contractor and one count of conspiring with that contractor to commit bribery. Between October 2008 and October 2010, Mr. Gorski accepted thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards, a free car, free car repairs on his personal vehicles, sports tickets, and lap dances and cigars during visits to strip clubs from the contractor. In return, Mr. Gorski sent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Postal Service repair business to Metro Diesel from both the Detroit and Ann Arbor Vehicle Maintenance Facilities.
Mr. Gorski was one of five U.S. Postal supervisors who were indicted in May 2011 for bribery in their work managing vehicle maintenance facilities in Ohio and Michigan. All five Postal supervisors have been convicted of bribery.
"The public deserves honest services from our government, so we are committed to prosecuting public corruption regardless of whether it occurs in city, state or federal government, such as in this case," United States Attorney McQuade said.
Special Agent in Charge Lapina said, "Mr. Gorski betrayed the public's confidence in the Postal Service by taking bribes and kickbacks. His criminal actions ultimately resulted in higher contract costs for the Postal Service. The USPS OIG appreciates the efforts by the United States Attorney's Office in bringing this scheme to an end."
The case was investigated by special agents of the Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David A. Gardey.