Macomb County contractor pleads guilty in bribery case

Posted at 11:17 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 23:18:18-04

Contractor Chris Sorrentino pleads guilty in a reduced charge in the latest FBI corruption case in Macomb County to end without a jury trial.  Sorrentino is the 10th of 16 people charged to plead guilty. 

According to court documents Sorrentino was given two no bid, no work jobs in which he was paid more than a half million dollars and kicked back $66, 024 in cash to an elected Macomb Township official.  Sources say that official is Trustee Dino Bucci who has refused to answer bribery questions and has not been charged. 

Court documents say Sorrentino “delivered all of the cash to the elected official in the building housing the Macomb County Department of Public Works, where Bucci worked as a paid staffer.

Updated court documents also now show Sorrentino paid “at least $30,000 in cash to the elected official” in the second job to repave parking lots at the Macomb Township Hall and a Fire Station. 

Sorrentino was charged with Financial Structuring that carries penalties of 5 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine and Supervised Release of 3 years.  A reduced sentence of 10-16 months is recommended to the Judge in the plea deal.  

Specifically Sorrentino pleads guilty to making cash withdrawals under $10,000 to evade reporting requirements by the bank.  Sentencing is set for February 6, 2018 before Federal District Judge Robert Cleland. 

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