Former Macomb Township Trustee and Macomb County official Dino Bucci,
60, of Macomb Township pleaded guilty today to extortion and theft
conspiracies, United States Attorney Matthew Schneider announced.
According to the plea agreement, for over two decades, Bucci, at the
direction of his then boss, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Anthony Marrocco, extorted builders and contractors to purchase
hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of tickets to Marrocco’s
fundraisers. Marrocco directed Bucci to communicate to the builders and
contractors that if they did not purchase a sufficient amount of
fundraising tickets, they would suffer severe economic consequences.
Those consequences included holding up required permits that would
financially damage the extortion victims. For over twenty years, Bucci
served as Marrocco’s deputy in the Macomb County’s Public Works
Department. In addition to his employment as Marrocco’s deputy, Bucci
served as an elected Trustee of Macomb Township for over ten years.
The plea agreement also includes Bucci’s admission to a theft scheme
by which Bucci, with the help of contractor Chris Sorrentino, stole
$96,000 from Macomb Township when Bucci directed Sorrentino to
overcharge for paving work at Township properties. Sorrentino then
kicked back tens of thousands of dollars in cash to Bucci. The plea
agreement requires Bucci to fully reimburse Macomb Township for the
money he stole. Under the plea agreement, Bucci faces a sentence of
between 108 to 120 months in federal prison on the two conspiracy
Schneider was joined in the announcement by Steven D’Antuono, Special
Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and Sarah L. Kull, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit
Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigations.
United States Attorney Schneider said: “Bucci’s guilty pleas today
represent a significant milestone in our sweeping corruption
investigation in Macomb County. The lengthy prison sentence he faces
should be an unambiguous warning to all public officials who consider
committing corrupt acts that they will be caught and punished severely.”
"Bucci’s guilty plea further exposes a decades-long pattern of
corruption and illegal activity within Macomb County’s elected
government,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Special Agent in Charge of the
FBI in Michigan. “The citizens of Macomb County deserve better, and they
should rest assured the FBI stands firm with our law enforcement
partners to vigorously pursue any elected official who chooses personal
gain over the public good.”
"Today’s plea demonstrates our collective efforts to enforce the law
and ensure public trust. The sizeable amount of the kickbacks Bucci
received represents the degree to which he was cheating the public,"
said Sarah Kull, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge. "It
is unacceptable to help yourself to public funds, but if you do
IRS-Criminal Investigation will be there to seek justice on behalf of
the citizens of Macomb County."
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. The case is being
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. Michael Bullotta and Steven