Former Wayne County employee pleads guilty to bribery charges

DETROIT (WXYZ) - An ex employee in Wayne County Clerk’s office has pled guilty to bribery charges after he was accused of handing out gun licenses to convicted felons in exchange for cash.

According to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Lorris Upshaw III worked in the office’s Records Division from 2009 – 2010 when it was alleged he exchanged concealed pistol licenses for money to people who were not eligible to have them.

7 Action News spoke to Upshaw III’s father Lorris Upshaw, Jr who is pastor of New Christ Temple Church of God on Detroit’s east side Friday evening.

Upshaw, Jr told 7 Action News he encouraged his son to come forward in the cases.

“I’m standing behind him on it.  I’m standing behind him 100 percent,” said Upshaw, Jr.

United States Attorney Barbara McQuade issued this statement on the case:

"This defendant breached his duties and risked public safety for his own profit. Government employees who violate the public trust will be held accountable."

According to Upshaw III's father, his son has been on the right path for several years and has been working part-time at Chrysler.

His father hopes when his sentencing comes around he gets a second chance.

“He’s a good young man.  Even good young men get caught up sometimes.  I just pray that God gives him grace and I would like to see him come out of this unscathed so to speak,” said Upshaw, Jr.  “He has been working with the church and God has changed his life.”

The FBI and Homeland Security assisted the US Attorney’s Office in this investigation.

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