DETROIT - A judge has sentenced a former appointee of Robert Ficano to 41 months in federal prison.
A jury convicted former Wayne County Information Technology Director Zayd Allebban on two counts of obstruction of justice last February.
Allebban was convicted of creating fake receipts to cover up bribe payments that a county computer vendor paid to Allebban’s boss, the former head of IT for the county – Tahir Kazmi.
The feds say that vendor paid Kazmi as much as $100,000 in bribe and extortion payments.
Kazmi has already pleaded guilty but he has not been sentenced yet.
The FBI launched their probe of Wayne County have the 7 Action News Investigators started exposing allegations of corruption in 2011.
In addition to 41 months behind bars, Allebban will also serve two years of supervised release after he gets out of prison.
Allebban is the only Ficano aide who went to trial. Three others, including Kazmi, have cut plea deals with the feds, but they have yet to be sentenced.
You can read Zayd Allebban's full sentencing statement below:
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