A Michigan township supervisor faces up to 10 years in prison after accepting a bribe in return for misconstruing asbestos facts in order to win a government contract.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Royal Oak Township Supervisor William Morgan pled guilty to two charges of conspiracy after he was found to have accepted a $10,000 bribe in return for his attempt to distort facts in order to increase the possibility of winning a $170,000 U.S. Housing and Urban Development contract. In order to do this, Morgan submitted a false asbestos report about the removal of the dangerous substance from a vacated Detroit theater.
“The conduct in this case not only breached the public trust, but it also risked public health by evading the rules for removing asbestos safely," said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.
By submitting false reports, Morgan not only undermined the future ability for the township get the needed funding to safely remove mesothelioma causing asbestos products from area building in the future., but also could have unfairly taken money that could have been more effectively used to reduce the mesothelioma risk in other towns instead.
In addition to possible prison time, Morgan also must pay a $250,000 fine.