Guilty plea looms for ex-Troy city manager in corruption scandal
Detroit — Brian Kischnick, the former Troy city manager, intends to take full responsibility for soliciting and accepting more than $20,000 worth of cash and meals from a city contractor, his lawyer said Monday.
Kischnick, 50, soon will plead guilty to soliciting $15,000 and receiving $5,879, defense lawyer Anjali Prasad said. Of that amount, Kischnick received $3,000 cash and free meals from an unidentified contractor, his lawyer said.
Prasad helped provide more detail about the latest public corruption scandal to emerge in Metro Detroit following a recent crackdown by the FBI that has led to criminal charges against 20 people, primarily in Macomb County. The Macomb corruption scandal has led to 16 convictions so far, including trash titan Chuck Rizzo, towing mogul Gasper Fiore and, last month, former Clinton Township trustee Dean Reynolds.
"Mr. Kischnick is grateful to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for working in earnest with him to arrive at a fair representation of what did and did not happen in this case," Prasad wrote in an email Monday. "The fact of the matter is Mr. Kischnick asked a business associate whom he thought was a friend for $15,000, to help pay bills. That associate paid for three meals and gave Mr. Kischnick $3,000 between December 2017 and March 2018. Mr. Kischnick was wrong to accept what amounts to approximately $5,879.50 from the individual."
The bribery charge against Brian Kischnick comes four months after he was fired from the $161,000-a-year job following a checkered stint that included allegations of domestic violence and questionable expenses.
The expenses included thousands of dollars spent on personal meals, pricey cellphone accessories he passed out as gifts to workers, and passes he arranged that permitted selected nonresidents and their families to use city recreational facilities.
Kischnick was hired by Troy in 2012 after serving as Tittabawassee Township manager. His contract as Troy’s city manager had been extended a year ago.
Two months ago, he was sentenced in a separate case to 15 months reporting probation, a 40-week domestic violence program and substance abuse monitoring for tackling his 28-year-old girlfriend and driving her face into the ground outside her Clawson address during a March 9 argument.
Kischnick was the focus of a city hall probe two years ago for an unreported accident involving a city car, which he drove while collecting a gas allowance from the city for supposedly driving his own vehicle.
After a two-month investigation by an outside attorney regarding the above concerns and allegations about Kischnick raised by city workers, officials said they found no criminal offenses had occurred and no disciplinary action was required against Kischnick. He agreed to reimburse the city for $1,000 in repairs caused in the traffic accident.