Trash titan Chuck Rizzo Jr. gets 5 years, 6 months in prison for widespread corruption scheme

Posted at 5:23 AM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 16:52:54-04

Trash titan Chuck Rizzo Jr. was sentenced Monday to five years, 6 months in prison for his involvement in a widespread corruption scheme across Macomb County.

 Rizzo Jr. pleaded guilty to bribery and committing wire fraud in federal court in Port Huron back in November. 

He'll serve six years for bribery, six months for embezzlement, with two years on supervised release. He'll also have to pay $4 million in restitution.

Rizzo was caught on surveillance paying bribes to local leaders. He is facing up to 10 years in prison but the U.S. Attorney recommended a 6-year prison sentencing if he continues to cooperate with the feds in the ongoing corruption case in Macomb County.

The reduced charges are based on bribes paid to elected officials to get trash contracts in Clinton and Macomb townships. 

Chuck Rizzo Sr. also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges a month later.

They will pay $4-million in a forfeiture. But they get to keep multi-million dollar mansions they built while growing their business then selling it to investors.

Several other more serious charges were dismissed in the plea deals.