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Towing Titan Gasper Fiore Sentenced To 21 Months In Macomb Corruption Scandal

August 02, 2018 - 6:00 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The owner of multiple towing companies in metro Detroit was sentenced to just under two years in federal prison Thursday.

Gasper Fiore was a central figure in an ongoing FBI public corruption investigation that has included convictions against numerous contractors and public figures. 

For his part in a bribery scheme, Fiore will spend 21 months behind bars, followed by two years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine.  

Fiore, of Grosse Pointe Shores, was immediately remanded into custody by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland.  

The 57-year-old Fiore, one of twenty defendants charged in the government’s wide-ranging corruption investigation centered in Macomb County, as prosecutors contend he paid off politicians over two decades to help grow his towing business. Some of the recipients in the kickback venture included former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and former City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, according to prosecutors. 

Fiore is said to have cooperated with prosecutors as part of his plea deal for conspiracy to commit bribery.

On Tuesday, former Macomb County Trustee Clifford Freitas was convicted of bribery after pleading guilty to demanding and accepting pleaded guilty to demanding and accepting thousands of dollars from trash hauler Rizzo Environmental Services.  FBI agents say Freitas first demanded over $42,000 in all to support a $16 million trash hauling contract in 2015.  

Trash mogul Chuck Rizzo was sentenced in April to 66 months in prison -- all part of a federal investigation which has snared almost two-dozen defendants in a bribery ring throughout Macomb County.