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Information technology consultant charged with bribery and conspiracy
7:56 PM, Jan 31, 2013
(WXYZ) - A consultant who installed new information technology in the Detroit Public Library is charged with bribery and conspiracy to get the job.
The federal indictment alleges the fix was in. A secret, sweetheart deal between an unnamed library insider and an outside contractor.
Two months ago, the feds raided the main Detroit Public Library. It turns out, the feds were after documents showing how 42-year-old James Henley got a $1.5 million contract for new information technology.
Henley ran a company called core consulting.
The federal indictment alleges he had an insider who approved the contract and shared in the profits.
The feds list over a two-year period how Henley would withdraw, $3,000, $4,000 up to $20,000 and give as much as half to almost all of the cash to the un-named insider, allegedly a total of $600,000.
Henley is charged with bribery, conspiracy and failure to file income tax returns-- up to 10 years in prison.
The feds also put in their indictment a notice of forfeiture, meaning they want to recover all of the profits Henley made.
The un-named insider has not yet been charged. However, the library's chief administrative officer Tim Cromer has been on paid leave during the investigation, and he went to the library board to get approval on cost overruns for the information upgrades.
Those additional costs went to the man indicted on Thursday, James Henley.