Former Detroit official bound for prison in bribery case

Robert Snell
The Detroit News
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Charles Dodd

Detroit — The city’s former director of information technology services was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison Tuesday for accepting more than $29,500 in bribes.

Charles Dodd, 48, of Canton Township, received the bribes from two information technology companies that provided services and personnel to the city.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland sentenced Dodd two years after the former city official struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors. 

Dodd, who had worked for the city since December 2007, resigned in September 2016.

Dodd admitted that between 2009 and 2016, he received more than $15,000 and a trip to North Carolina, among other things, from Parimal Mehta, 55, of Northville, Michigan.

Mehta, the former CEO of FutureNet Group, pleaded guilty to a bribery count in May and will be sentenced in October. 

Dodd also accepted more than $14,500 from the CEO and an employee of another information technology company. In exchange, Dodd agreed to give the companies preferential treatment.

According to prosecutors, Dodd admitted he held numerous supervisory positions with the city in which he exercised discretionary supervisory authority over a staff of dozens of city employees and contractors.

He also told federal officials he held substantial influence over the administration of multimillion-dollar contracts between the city and private information technology companies. 

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