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Chuck Rizzo's lawyer charged in connection to alleged bribery scandal

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 19:04:31-04

(WXYZ) — Chuck Rizzo's lawyer Jay Schwartz, who allegedly collaborated with Rizzo to bribe a Macomb County politician, was charged with bribery conspiracy and bribery.

Rizzo is currently serving a five and a half year federal prison sentence for bribery and fraud.

Schwartz, 53, allegedly helped Rizzo in bribing Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds with cash and free legal services, according to an indictment released Tuesday.

Schwartz also helped conceal the bribes. In result of the bribes, Rizzo's company, Rizzo Environmental Services (RES), kept a garbage contract -- worth about $18 million -- with Clinton Township. The conspiracy lasted for two years from March 2014 to January 2016.

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In result of the investigations, 22 public officials and contractors have been convicted. Reynolds was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for his involvement in four bribery schemes.

Schwartz practiced family law, business law and litigation since 1991.

Schwartz, of Northville, was released Tuesday on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Read full indictment below:

Jay Schwartz Indictment Document by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd