Monday, January 26, 2009

Executive's car bugged in corruption probe

UPI
DETROIT, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- FBI agents reportedly bugged a Synagro Technologies executive's car while investigating the sludge hauler's contract with the city of Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that authorities made sound and video recordings from the car belonging to then-Synagro Vice President James Rosendall.

There are at least three videos taken in the car, the newspaper reported. Two of the tapes show Rosendall making payments to John Clark, who at the time was chief of staff to then-City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr.

Rosendall is reportedly to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiring to bribe a public official.

In 2007, he lobbied Detroit's City Council to approve a $47 million sludge disposal contract in Detroit. The council approved the deal in a 5-4 vote despite resident objections, the newspaper said.

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