Three indicted in Wayne Co. jail face charges next week
Detroit – — Three current and former Wayne County officials are scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 in Third Circuit Court on charges related to the downtown jail debacle.
The trio was indicted Friday following a yearlong investigation by a one-man grand jury into a series of cost overruns and delays on the jail. Work stopped last year on the project at Gratiot and Madison when cost estimates soared to $391 million from $300 million.
Carla Sledge, former chief financial officer, and Steve Collins, an assistant corporation counsel, face five-year felonies on claims they intentionally misled county commissioners and building authority members about the true costs of the project.
They and Anthony Parlovecchio, a former economic development aide who was retained as a jail consultant, are charged with willful neglect of duty as a public official, a misdemeanor.
The indictments are unrelated to a federal corruption probe into the administration of county Executive Robert Ficano. That investigation has led to convictions against four former high-ranking officials and a contractor. Federal agents also are investigating the jail as well as a host of county deals.
In all, seven former aides to Ficano now have been charged with crimes. The Democrat lost his bid for a fourth term in August.