In late 2016, concerns were raised about waste hauler Rizzo Environmental Services after allegations that the company paid bribes to Clinton, Mich., Township Trustee Dean Reynolds for preferential treatment on a contract was released.
In February 2017, Macomb County, Mich., officials Brett Harris and Christopher Craigmiles pled guilty to taking bribes from an undercover agent in exchange for their votes on what they thought was a future Rizzo waste contract.
Now, Charlie “Chuck” Rizzo Jr., the former CEO of Rizzo Environmental Services, has been inducted on nearly two dozen charges for bribery and fraud in connection with garbage contracts in Clinton, Macomb and Chesterfield Townships. Each bribery charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, each mail and wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 and the bribery conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
An arraignment date has not yet been set.
CBS Detroit has more information:
The former CEO of a Michigan-based garbage hauler has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges as a wide-ranging corruption investigation continues in Macomb County.
Charles “Chuck” Rizzo Jr., who headed up Rizzo Environmental Services, is charged with five counts of bribery and three counts of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with garbage contracts in Clinton, Macomb, and Chesterfield Townships.
Rizzo, 70, is also charged with twelve counts of mail and wire fraud. The indictment says he, his father, and towing company owner Gasper Fiore were involved in at least ten different schemes to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Rizzo garbage between 2013 and 2016, when its majority owner was a private equity firm.