Clinton Township Trustee Arrested and Charged for Demanding and Taking Bribes
An elected Trustee of Clinton Township was arrested by the agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today based on a criminal complaint charging him with demanding and taking bribes in exchange for his vote on municipal contracts, United States Attorney Barbara McQuade announced.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios and Manny J. Muriel, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Detroit Field Office.
Dean Reynolds, 49, of Clinton Township, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, including demanding and accepting money and other things of value, in exchange for official acts as a Trustee. Reynolds’ arrest is part of an ongoing and long-running investigation into systemic corruption in multiple municipalities in southeast Michigan, primarily Macomb County. The investigation has employed telephone wiretaps, consensual audio and video recordings by cooperative individuals, undercover operations, physical surveillance, telephone tracking warrants, and subpoenas of financial records and other documents.
The complaint charges that since approximately 2012, Reynolds accepted multiple bribes from the representative of a company that was seeking and that secured a significant contract with Clinton Township. In total, Reynolds accepted between $50,000 to $70,000 in cash from the company’s representative. In addition, Reynolds accepted an additional $17,000 in cash payments from an undercover agent of the FBI, with the payments being video recorded. In exchange for the money from the company representative, Reynolds sold his vote on the Board of Trustees in favor of the company’s contract, and Reynolds provided information about the votes of other Trustees.
“Corruption undermines the very nature of representative government, said U.S. Attorney McQuade. “Law enforcement is committed to seeking out and prosecuting corrupt public officials in all areas of the Eastern District, including suburban communities.”
“Today’s arrest should serve as a reminder to the public of the FBI's longstanding record of successful public corruption investigations in the Detroit Metropolitan area”, said, David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Betrayal of the public trust for personal gain will always be an investigative priority of the FBI and our partners in Michigan”.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBI Detroit Area Corruption Task Force, a multiagency task force led by the FBI Detroit Division and comprised of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Michigan State Police, Michigan Attorney General’s Office, and several other local and federal law enforcement agencies. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys R. Michael Bullotta and David A. Gardey.
Upon conviction for a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666, federal program bribery, Reynolds faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Trial cannot be held on felony charges in a complaint. When the investigation is completed a determination will be made whether to seek a felony indictment.
Reynolds will be in federal court this afternoon at 1pm for his initial appearance on the criminal complaint.
The FBI requests that anyone having information regarding public officials accepting bribes is encouraged to contact the Detroit Division of the FBI at 313-965-2222.