Suburban Detroit attorney enters plea in bribery case

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DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit attorney has pleaded guilty to bribery in a case involving a federal agent.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Charles Busse also pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Detroit to conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion and failing to report cash payments of more than $10,000.

Busse of Birmingham is accused of paying bribes to get deferrals of deportation and other benefits for his clients. He spent more than 15 years on the Warren City Council.

Authorities have said 48-year-old Clifton Divers used his position as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement — Homeland Security Investigations agent to obtain deferrals of deportations and other immigration benefits for non-citizen foreign nationals.

A sentencing date for Busse will be set by the court.

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