Ex-village trustee sentenced to 15 months
Detroit — A former New Haven Village trustee has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery last year.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said Brett Harris, 58, also was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised release.
Harris was convicted of conspiring with fellow former New Haven Trustee Christopher Craigmiles and former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds to take bribes from garbage contractor Charles “Chuck” B. Rizzo in exchange for votes on New Haven’s municipal garbage-hauling contract. Reynolds unknowingly introduced Harris to an undercover FBI agent posing as a consultant to the vendor, and Harris took a $2,000 cash bribe in March 2016. Harris took additional cash bribes of $2,000 and $5,000 in April and May 2016 from the undercover agent.
Subsequently, Harris recruited Craigmiles into the conspiracy, and Craigmiles took a $5,000 cash bribe from the undercover agent. Craigmiles was previously sentenced on June 8, 2017 to 18 months in prison.
Reynolds is facing over 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 20 based on his convictions on four counts of bribery conspiracy and 10 counts of taking bribes, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District.
Harris is one of 20 defendants charged in Macomb County corruption investigation. He served as an elected trustee in 1995-98 and 2012-16.