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Judge sentences ex-politician to prison

October 25, 2018
| By AP |
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DETROIT — A former suburban politician has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery last year.

Ex-New Haven Trustee Brett Harris, 58, was sentenced this month to 15 months in prison.

U.S. attorney Matthew Schneider also said Harris was sentenced to two years of supervised release.

Harris was convicted of conspiring with fellow former New Haven Trustee Christopher Craigmiles and former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds to take bribes from a vendor in exchange for votes on New Haven's municipal garbage-hauling contract.

Reynolds unknowingly introduced Harris to an undercover FBI agent posing as a consultant to the vendor, and Harris took a $2,000 cash bribe in March 2016.

Harris served as an elected trustee in 1995-98 and 2012-16.

He is one of 20 defendants charged in a Macomb County corruption investigation.

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