Former Detroit-area official sentenced for taking $5K bribe

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A former suburban Detroit government official who pleaded guilty to taking a $5,000 bribe has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Former New Haven Trustee Christopher Craigmiles learned his punishment on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Port Huron. He’s among a number of elected officials and businessmen snared in an ongoing corruption investigation in Macomb County.

The 43-year-old Craigmiles wanted probation instead of prison and apologized to his family and New Haven residents. He tried to avoid a prison sentence by arguing he needed to remain free because his wife is on a kidney transplant list, but prosecutors opposed his request.

Prosecutors say Craigmiles accepted $5,000 in FBI funds from an undercover agent in exchange for a vote on a contract for a trash hauling company.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s