The former trash hauling honcho at Rizzo Environmental Services, Charles "Chuck" B. Rizzo, 46, appeared in federal court Wednesday to be arraigned on charges that include bribery and mail and wire fraud.
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Rizzo entered a plea of not guilty and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. As a condition of his bond, he was ordered to not have any contact with any of the witnesses in his case.
Rizzo is accused of being a part of a bribery scheme to secure garbage contracts in Clinton, Macomb, and Chesterfield Townships.
Rizzo had reportedly been working with the feds, but when he was not able to get a deal that would keep him out of prison, all that ended.
Rizzo was indicted late last month as part of the ongoing public corruption probe in Macomb County being conducted by the FBI and the IRS.
The others indicted in the case include Rizzo's 70-year-old father, Charles P. Rizzo. The senior Rizzo is facing charges that include mail and wire fraud, but he has not been arraigned.
Also charged with bribery is Gasper Fiore, 56, who owns a tow company.
Fiore and former Clinton Township trustee Dean Reynolds, 50, are charged with multiple counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.
Fiore allegedly paid off Reynolds to secure a towing contract with Clinton Township.