Bribery convictions announced against two Detroit inspectors in corruption case

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced bribery convictions against two City of Detroit building and electrical inspectors.

Phil Lockhart and Delos Matthews pleaded guilty to bribery charges for not reporting construction projects that endangered the public and looking the other way when proper permits were not obtained.

According to the AG's office, Lockhart accepted a $300 cash bribe to ignore a permit requirement for a construction contractor.

Matthews reportedly accepted a $200 bribe to approve electric circuits that were not up to code in a rental property.

A judge sentenced Lockhart to two years probation and will serve the first 120 days on tethered house arrest. He will also have to serve 25 hours community service and must pay court costs and fees. Mathews was sentenced to two years probation, 40 hours of community service and he must pay court costs and fees.

“Public safety officials who accept bribes and ignore their duties undermine safety for everyone,” said Schuette.  “Detroit needs more safety, not less, and that   starts with public officials doing their job instead of lining their pockets.”

The convictions stem from an investigation by the FBI's Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force along with the Attorney General's Public Integrity Unit.

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