Feds file 2nd case of alleged corruption in suburban Detroit

Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM EDT
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Federal prosecutors have filed a second case of alleged public corruption in suburban Detroit.

The FBI says Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas demanded and accepted money from his employer to help it get a contract with the township in Macomb County.

The FBI says Freitas was excluded from the bid process but still was able to get inside information. The evidence includes secretly recorded phone calls.

Investigators say Freitas received $7,500. He's also accused of seeking $35,000 more. His LinkedIn page says he worked for Rizzo Environmental Services, a trash hauler, until this month.

Freitas and his lawyer declined to comment after a brief appearance Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

About two weeks ago, a Clinton Township official was charged with taking bribes. Rizzo says it's cooperating with investigators.