Federal prosecutors say she violated the ultimate public trust and want ex-Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers to pay with “substantial” prison time when a judge sentences her at 2 p.m. today.
Conyers is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn for sentencing on a bribery conspiracy guilty plea. She took at least $6,000 in bribes for her tie-breaking 2007 vote on the controversial $1.2-billion sludge hauling contract with Texas-based Synagro Technologies.
But prosecutors argued in a recent court filing that the related trial of Conyers’ chief of staff Sam Riddle revealed she had a hand at least $69,600 in bribery and extortion payments in various schemes beyond the Synagro case.
Conyers, who also sat on a city pension board, should face a sentencing range of 46 to 57 months, prosecutors said.
“Her abuse of her office for self-enrichment was a betrayal of her fiduciary duty to the citizens and pensioners of the city who entrusted their taxpayer dollars and retirement money to her,” the prosecutors said. “Given the important position of public trust she violated, a substantial sentence is warranted.”
Conyers’ attorney Steven Fishman has declined to comment on the case but could argue for probation today.
Ultimately, Cohn makes the final decision on the prison sentence which is capped at five years.
Conyers is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers.