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Pollard Landfill in Montrose Township, was then owned by City Management and Anthony Soave, who had alleged mob ties. The City management representative and company Vice president was former Flint Mayor James Sharp.

After being shot down over the nearly $1 million proposal that nearly snuck through, council was leary of Stanley's two proposals to give Pollard the $34,000 compost contact and a second contract for Pollard of $75,000 in future compost pickup.

The media did heavy coverage on the story. William Leoni Sr. of Citizen's Disposal in Mundy Townshipaccused the Stanley administration of "using hocus pocus and a confusing array of bid alternatives " to steer the contract to Pollard.
Post Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:15 am 
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"This thing has been convoluted", stated leoni to council, and "it's been twisted around to give i to a particular bidder".

The story eventually became a "pay to play issue". City Management and their representative contributed heavily to Stanley while the Leoni's supported Collier in the Mayor's race won by Stanley.

Sharp complained how his reputation was being sullied by all of the accusations, while Leoni reminded council they nearly paid almost $1 million for a contract now down to $34,000. The Journal had filed a FOIA and got copies of the bids. Oddly, there is mention of an inadvertent placing of the Pollard proposal on the council agenda.

"according to the language in that proposal, the proposal became null and void as soon as it became public."

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Leoni asked council to toss out the bids and start over. Part of the issue revolved around vague language as to what kind of compost was to be returned to the City.

"Leoni argued that his bid was competitive, because he assumed the City wanted "nursery style" screened compost returned to the city . According to Leoni, the Pollard bid did not address that issue

Council was divided on he issue. Council President Scott Kincaid's arguments was that the bids were hardly competitive when the drive to Montrose by a 2 man city truck was 26 to 27 miles each way compared to the 6 to 8 miles to drive to Mundy Township. Kincaid requested a formal breakdown of costs to determine which was cost effective.
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Seibt quoted 3rd ward councilman Johnnie Tucker supporting the contract to Pollard and saying " The FBI and the CIA shouldn't be called in to comb over every single contract Stanley proposes".

Tucker argued "we can sit around here and B.S. around this, but the bottom line is this is a service to city residents." Tucker voiced concerns over the smell and the health issues of his ward.

Note: When the Sugar Law Guild and the EPA studied "toxic sites" in Flint, Tucker claimed he did not know how the CNN Railroad got approval to maintain large piles of coal. Residents that were interviewed showed the damage from the coal dust to their, homes, cars and health. The area around Foss Avenue Church was heavily affected.
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James Makokha, Stanley's Direcor of Governmental Affairs, voiced agreement with Tucker and stated it "was unfair to suggest Stanley was attempting to steer any contract to anyone"

"I think it is pertinent for this body to ask for facts." Makokha went on to say "there is no proof the contracts are a political payoff or are being directed to anyone."

Note: Makokha was convicted in a federal case of bribery involving Harold Hampton,
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In another thread I discussed FBI documents File #194B-DE-72700 from 1994 as they related to the Makokha, Flint Director of Governmental Policy, trial and the waste hauling contracts.

There was a confusing segment about an alleged $30,000 bribe payment made on behalf of Mike Swartz, then owner of Nathan J's, a strip bar on Dort Highway. Confusing because Swartz did not deliver the " brown bag" and the money did not transfer to Makokha in this narration.

The Cooperating Witness (CW) alleges to be a go-between for vendors and Makokha.
Page 9
"CW stated that he/she was in Wilson's (Sheriff Joe Wilson) office 1n 1993 when Mike Swartz, owner of Nathan J's , called about being denied a topless dancing permit by the City of Flint."

The CW alleged Wilson, Mitru, and Waters were also in the office.
"CW advised that Mitru hung up the phone nd told him/her that Swartz needed some help with the city. According to Mtru, Swartz said he would pay $20,000 "to get this thing done"

The CW then said that Waters warned him to "not to do it" So CW stated he would try to sell Swartz a diamond like his as Miru said Swartz had expressed interest in one like the CW's.

During the media blitz of the Makokha federal trial,CW was alleged to be Harold Hampton. Previous stories focused on Hampton giving security systems free to certain politicians. There was also a scandal involving the sale of the security company building to the City of Flint for a North end Mini-station.
I spoke to two minority contractors who allegedly were told their roof replacement bids were too low and too increase them. They complained the contract went to a contractor who bid higher than them.

Hampton also had a pawn shop in the Lansing area and allegedly gave golf clubs and other gifts to Makokha. spoke to Hampton's ex-wife and she stated Harold's federal deal stuck her with a large IRS bill.

According to the CW, there was a meeting with Swartz. MItru, and Dan Hogan in Flint. While Swartz did not buy the diamond, he was allegedly still upset about not getting his permit and would now pay $30,000 to "get it done".

CW demanded the money from Swartz in 2 hours in a brown paper bag and delivered to his/her pond in Fenton. CW stated he/she was afraid of being set up by Swartz and he/she figured the FBI or another law enforcement agency couldn't establish surveillance in that short time.

This is where it confuses. Mitru went to his home with the CW and got $30,000 from a home safe in the basement. CW said there was a lot of cash in the safe and Mitru allegedly told him it was Wilson's. There is no discussion of the money going to any city official to make this happen.

The CW met with Makokha 2 days later at he White Horse and CW was said to have told Makokha that Swartz would pay $5,000 for the permit.

CW stated he told Makokha to go to Vegas and launder the money. While he/she believed Makokha was interested in the money, Makokha expressed a fear the CW was wearing a wir to set him up. According to Makokha, Swartz was going to get his license anyway because of a prior agreement with the federal government.

CW said he/she agreed to pick up a package from Swart's attorney to be delivered to Makokha. There were legal documents as well as a letter from United States Attorney Robert W. Havilnd.

Swartz eventually got his permit and Makokha never asked for the money. At Makokha's new house on Circle drive, Makokha stated Wilson knew CW took $30,000 from Swartz and not $5,000. CW did not believe Wilson knew Mitru got the money from Wilson.

How could he not know Mitru ran Wilson's golf outing and sold his Birthday Book ads? Did they suspect CW was working with the feds? No comment on the $30,000 CW must have kept.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Two New Haven Trustees Charged with Demanding and Taking Bribes

An elected Trustee of New Haven, Michigan was charged today in a criminal complaint with demanding and taking a bribe in exchange for his official acts in connection with a municipal contract, United States Attorney Barbara McQuade announced. In addition, a former Trustee of New Haven was charged in a criminal information with accepting multiple bribes.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios and Manny J. Muriel, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Detroit Field Office.

Christopher Craigmiles, 43, of Lenox Township, is charged in a complaint with engaging in corrupt activity, including demanding and accepting money in exchange for official acts as a Trustee of New Haven. Craigmiles is a current, elected Trustee of the Village of New Haven. Brett Harris, 57, of New Haven, is charged in an information with accepting multiple bribes in exchange for a promise to support a future municipal contract for the village. Harris was an elected Trustee of New Haven until losing re-election in November 2016. The charges against Craigmiles and Harris are part of an ongoing and long-running investigation into systemic corruption in multiple municipalities in southeast Michigan, primarily Macomb County. The investigation has employed telephone wiretaps, consensual audio and video recordings by cooperative individuals, undercover operations, physical surveillance, telephone tracking warrants, and subpoenas of financial records and other documents.

The criminal information against Harris charges that Harris conspired with Craigmiles and former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds to engage in bribery in the summer of 2016. Reynolds unwittingly introduced Harris to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a consultant to a company that has contracts with various municipalities in southeast Michigan—referred to in the information as “Company A.” Reynolds told the undercover agent that Harris was a public official who would be willing to take bribes in exchange for his vote on a future contract with Company A. Previously, Reynolds had accepted $17,000 in cash bribes from the undercover agent and between $50,000 and $70,000 in bribes from an executive of Company A, and Reynolds is currently charged in a pending federal indictment. After being introduced to the undercover agent by Reynolds, Harris accepted multiple bribes amounting to $11,000 in cash from the undercover agent in exchange for his vote as a Trustee on a future contract between New Haven and Company A. In August 2016, Harris then introduced the undercover agent to Craigmiles. Harris identified Craigmiles as being another New Haven Trustee who would accept bribes. The criminal complaint charges Craigmiles with accepting a $5,000 cash bribe from the undercover FBI agent in August 2016. Craigmiles agreed to support a future contract for Company A in exchange for the money.

“Our elected officials must make decisions based on what is best for the people and our communities, not based on whether they are given cash,” said U.S. Attorney McQuade. “Elected officials who violate the public trust by accepting bribes must be arrested and prosecuted.”

"Today's announcement of public corruption charges, in the Village of New Haven, demonstrates the FBI's unyielding commitment to aggressively investigate public servants, past or present, who accept bribes in exchange for official actions, said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI. "Illegal conduct as described today erodes the trust and confidence community members place in their elected officials and threatens the integrity of our system of governance."

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI Detroit Area Corruption Task Force, a multiagency task force led by the FBI Detroit Division and comprised of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Michigan State Police, Michigan Attorney General’s Office, and several other local and federal law enforcement agencies. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys R. Michael Bullotta and David A. Gardey.

Upon conviction for a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666, federal program bribery, Craigmiles faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Upon conviction for a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, Harris faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Court appearances for Craigmiles and Harris will take place sometime next week.

A complaint and an information are only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Trial cannot be held on felony charges in a complaint. When the investigation is completed a determination will be made whether to seek a felony indictment.

The FBI requests that anyone having information regarding public officials accepting bribes is encouraged to contact the Detroit Division of the FBI at 313-965-2222.
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2 from New Haven plead guilty in bribery case
Jennifer Chambers , The Detroit News Published 3:15 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2017 | Updated 9:55 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2017

A current and a former elected official in Macomb County pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy charges in federal court on Monday and will be sentenced in June.

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland accepted guilty pleas from New Haven Trustee Christopher Craigmiles and former Trustee Brett Harris.

Both men were charged last year by federal investigators as part of a widespread public corruption investigation into municipal contracts in Macomb County.

Craigmiles, a retired Detroit transit police officer, was arrested Jan. 12 and charged with one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

According to the criminal complaint, Craigmiles met with an FBI agent and Harris on Aug. 3 in the garage at Harris’ home.

Federal prosecutors allege it was there Craigmiles accepted $5,000 in FBI funds from the undercover agent in exchange for his vote on a contract for “Company A” with New Haven, according to the complaint.

In court Monday, his attorney, David Nacht, asked Craigmiles about the conspiracy, specifically whether another trustee introduced him to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a representative for a Rizzo Environmental Services garbage contract.

It was the first time anyone associated with the case has publicly stated the contract involved in the bribes was Rizzo.

Federal officials have not identified the company, but officials with the Toronto-based GFL Environmental — which acquired Rizzo on Oct. 1 — have said they are continuing cooperate with the investigation.

Sentencing guidelines call for Craigmiles to be sentenced anywhere from 18 to 24 months in prison. His sentencing is set for June 8.

Harris allegedly met with the undercover FBI agent on March 31, April 27 and May 18, and accepted cash bribes totaling $9,000 after being introduced by Dean Reynolds, a former Clinton Township trustee. Harris accepted another $2,000 from the agent on Aug. 19, court records show.

According to the complaint, Harris told the agent that Craigmiles would also agree to bribery.

Harris faces between 33 and 41 month in prison, based on sentencing guidelines, and has agreed to cooperate with the government in its investigation and testify if necessary.

Harris faces a higher sentence on June 8 due to past drunk driving convictions. His attorney, Steven F. Fishman, said at sentencing he would argue for a reduction in the guidelines.

Craigmiles won re-election last November to a four-year term but has tendered his resignation, which New Haven officials will act on Feb. 14. Harris lost his seat.

Cleland set a June 19 trial date for Reynolds in his case. He faces eight counts of bribery involving two companies. If convicted, Reynolds faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Michael Lovelock, a former Chesterfield Township supervisor, was also indicted on bribery charges. Former Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas is also named in a criminal complaint.

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Officials admit to taking cash in trash hauler corruption case

Jiquanda Johnson | jjohns16@mlive.com By Jiquanda Johnson | jjohns16@mlive.com
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on February 08, 2017 at 3:48 PM, updated February 08, 2017 at 3:49 PM

NEW HAVEN, MI -- Two elected trustees pleaded guilty this week in a corruption case involving a trash hauler that once sought to contract with Flint to haul the city's garbage.

Christopher Craigmiles, a New Haven Trustee, admitted that he took a $5,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for his vote on the future of contract from a company identified in court records as "Company A." Former New Haven Trustee, Brettt Harris, also admitted taking $11,0000 from the same agent. Harris lost his trustee seat in the November 2016 election.

Rizzo Environmental Services was previously identified as the company tied to the federal investigation into corruption and bribery.

Both men pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to conspiracy to commit bribery on Feb. 6.

Officials with the company pursuing a $17.5 million contract to haul Flint trash say they are working with law enforcement regarding a federal investigation claiming they were involved in "corruption" and "bribery."

Craigmiles, 43, of Lenox Township, admitted that he engaged in corrupt activity and he accepted $5,000 in cash in exchange for his vote as a New Haven Trustee. Craigmiles still serves as trustee. Harris, 57, admitted to the same activity, but he received more than twice the amount of money.

According to the Feb. 7 release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, Harris accepted multiple bribes totaling $11,000 in exchange for a promise to support the company's future contract to serve New Haven.

Rizzo does not hold currently hold a contract with New Haven.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade was joined in announcing the plea agreement by Detroit Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios and Manny J. Muriel, special agent in charge with the Detroit Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.

"The two township trustees who pleaded guilty [Monday] betrayed their community and the public trust in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash," McQuade said. "We all deserve better treatment from our elected officials."

The charges against Craigmiles and Harris are part of an ongoing FBI investigation that has resulted in five people, primarily in the Macomb County area, being criminally charged.

Investigators used telephone wiretaps and audio and video recordings from unnamed individuals helping with the investigation. Undercover agents, warrants and physical surveillance were also used.

"[Monday's] conviction of New Haven Village Council Trustees' Craigmiles and Harris, should serve as further reassurance to the citizens of Macomb County of the FBI's resolve to hold public officials accountable for using their positions of trust for personal gain." said Gelios. "Corrupt practices by elected officials will always be an investigative priority of the FBI and our law enforcement partners in Michigan."

Evidence presented at the plea hearing revealed that Harris conspired with Craigmiles and former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds to engage in bribery in the summer of 2016.

Reynolds, who was under investigation at the time, allegedly introduced the undercover agent to Harris who later introduced Craigmiles to the same agent who was posing as a consultant to the company.

Reynolds allegedly accepted $17,000 in cash bribes from the agent. The release also says he took between $50,000 to $70,000 in bribes from an executive of the company referred. He is facing federal indictment.

Craigmiles and Harris are scheduled for sentencing on June 8 before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland. They are facing a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Rizzo was at the center of an ongoing garbage dispute in Flint after eight of nine Flint City Council members refused to support hiring the trash hauler to service the city.

The dispute landed the eight council members and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's administration in court as they hashed out details on the city's multi-million-dollar garbage contract. Flint City Councilman Eric Mays was the sole council member supporting Weaver's team in hiring Rizzo.

Council president deeply troubled by email in trash dispute

Ultimately, the city went with Republic Waste Services just days after the federal corruption investigation of Rizzo became public.

Former Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas and Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock have also been charged in the Rizzo corruption case.

The FBI requests that anyone having information regarding public officials accepting bribes is encouraged to contact the Detroit Division of the FBI at 313-965- 2222.
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