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Investigation Thwarts Brazen Bribery Scheme


Three people—an attorney, an elected official, and a businessman—engaged in an outrageous corruption scheme that involved paying for an elected official’s divorce. But an FBI investigation thwarted their efforts.

Agents opened a case in 2014 after receiving a lead. Established sources reported large-scale corruption involving the garbage, construction, and engineering industries in the suburbs north of Detroit. The case began there, where public official Dean Reynolds was caught extorting people and selling his votes.

“We were able to intercept him in real time accepting and demanding bribes,” said Special Agent Robert Beeckman, who investigated this case out of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. Agents also saw Reynolds accepting a cash delivery. As a local legislator in the 10th largest Michigan municipality, Reynolds used his connections for capital gain.


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