Former Ecorse Mayor Convicted Of Corruption

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The former mayor of Ecorse has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for corruption.

Herbert Worthy admitted a year ago that he took bribes and turned over the Ecorse public works department to corrupt contractors. His punishment Tuesday was far below the four-year sentence recommended by the U.S. attorney's office.

The 79-year-old Worthy had asked for home detention because of poor health.

He admitted taking $65,000 in 2007 and 2008 from two men who were hired to privatize public works. Stacey Tarockoff and Sheldon Divers pleaded guilty to crimes, and Ecorse's former controller, Earl Hollenquest, was convicted at trial last week.

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