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Ex-Macomb Trustee, Clifford Freitas, Sentenced In Bribery Scheme

He'll face up to 20 months in federal prison.

July 31, 2018 - 8:56 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Macomb Township trustee is sentenced in connection with a federal corruption scandal.

Clifford Freitas, 44, of Macomb Township,  pleaded guilty to demanding and accepting thousands of dollars from trash hauler Rizzo.  FBI agents say Freitas first demanded over $42,000 in all to support a $16 million trash hauling contract in 2015.  

Freitas was sentenced Tuesday to 20 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release. Twenty people have been charged and more than a dozen convicted in the Rizzo corruption case, but Freitas has received the stiffest sentence so far.

According to court records, Freitas demanded and accepted money from a municipal vendor in exchange for using his official position as a Trustee to get the vendor a municipal contract and to secure favorable terms for the company. 

In July 2015, Macomb Township put out a request for proposal for a municipal contract. Soon thereafter, Freitas approached a representative of a prospective vendor, and demanded money in return for his support as a Trustee.