Former Metro Airport Official Convicted In Landmark Bribe, Kickback Scheme Totaling Millions

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After deliberating for three weeks, a jury has convicted a former Wayne County Airport official on numerous felony charges in connection with maintenance and repair contracts.

James Warner, 52, of Commerce Township, was convicted on 10 counts of conspiracy, federal program bribery, federal program theft, money laundering and obstruction of justice before United States District Judge Victoria Roberts.

The charges are in connection with maintenance and repair contracts for runways and parking structures at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The obstruction of justice conviction is for altering a document he provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigations during their investigation.

According to sentencing guidelines, he could face more than 30 years in prison.

According to the evidence provided during trial, from May 2010 through August 2014, while employed as a field inspector at the Wayne County Airport Authority, Warner engaged in multiple schemes to defraud the authority out of millions of dollars.

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