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 Federal court documents released Feb. 4 indicate that Dino Bucci’s final pretrial/plea hearing was pushed back to April 23, with a trial set for May 5. Bucci is pictured here on the far right in 2013.

Federal court documents released Feb. 4 indicate that Dino Bucci’s final pretrial/plea hearing was pushed back to April 23, with a trial set for May 5. Bucci is pictured here on the far right in 2013.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

FBI documents reveal Bucci, Khan conversations

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 12, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Further light has been shed on a Macomb County public corruption investigation.

On Jan. 31, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan released multiple documents regarding FBI interviews, including one with former Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci.

The documents are part of Fazullah Khan’s federal file. Exhibits attached are part of the sentencing memorandum.

In July 2019, Khan was found guilty on four counts of bribery. He owned Fazal Khan & Associates civil engineering, surveying and construction management firm in Sterling Heights.

Khan, a 59-year-old Troy resident, was sentenced Feb. 6 to serve 11 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland in Port Huron.

The exhibit regarding Bucci was from a March 2018 interview with FBI agents Robert Beeckman and Ronald Sauer. It included Bucci’s account of communicating with Khan.

In the interview, Bucci indicated that Khan had Pulte Homes as a client in 2015 or 2016. Khan, who at the time was a Macomb Township consulting engineer, told Bucci he was going to need some help with Pulte.

FBI records state that Bucci said “anything you need.”

“Pulte needed help with a development called Deneweth Farms or Strawberry Fields, or both,” the report reads.

Deneweth Farms by Pulte Homes is located along the north side of 22 Mile Road, between Hayes and Garfield roads. The development was approved by the township in 2015.

The report continues, reading that Pulte had a problem with the fire truck access lanes into the subdivision. Khan went to the Macomb County Public Works Office, where Bucci then worked, with two Pulte workers.

Pulte representatives asked Bucci what they could do.

“Bucci went to Pat Meagher and Jim Van Tiflin and asked what they could do to expedite this,” the report indicates.

Meagher worked with the township through 2019, resigning as planning director in April. Van Tiflin currently is the township’s engineer.

Bucci then facilitated a meeting between Pulte, Khan, Meagher and Van Tiflin.

“Khan’s reputation was helped by getting the subdivision issue expedited,” the report reads.

It also includes that Macomb Township Building Director Joe Maples helped Bucci get temporary certificates of occupancy during the holiday season.

After that, Bucci talked to Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn and former legal counsel Larry Scott, who had to bring in employees “to get this done. Pulte had to pay Macomb Township the cost for employees coming in.”

“Khan was ‘king’ after getting this done,” the report reveals. “Khan told Bucci that he wanted to take care of Bucci. Bucci told Khan to take care of the Marrocco campaign.”

The “Marrocco campaign” refers to then-Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco, whom Bucci at the time worked closely with as the public works operational services manager.

Marrocco repeatedly received $5,000 in bribes from Khan.

The document states that Khan told Bucci he was going to do something for him prior to getting the temporary certificates of occupancy.

“After the certificates were issued, Khan gave Bucci $10,000 in cash. He said ‘there’s more to come,’” the report states.

Bucci allegedly responded that he did not want any more.

“Khan said ‘I’ll take care of you on this’ after Khan got Pulte as a client,” according to the report.

That statement was made to Bucci after Bucci set up the meeting at the Public Works Office regarding the Fire Department issue, after Pulte representatives left.

The portion of the FBI report that was made public finishes by stating that the $10,000 was placed in an envelope that Khan gave to Bucci in the parking lot of Khan’s Sterling Heights office.

That occurred in January or February of 2015 or 2016, just after the temporary certificates of occupancy were issued.

The final line of the report that’s not redacted is, “Khan put the bank envelope in Bucci’s vehicle console. Bucci spent the money.”

The last four pages of the report are redacted.

On Feb. 4, it was added to Bucci’s online federal file that the final pretrial/plea hearing is set for April 23, with a trial set for May 5.

The court order cites that the reasons for the delay include Bucci’s decision to cooperate with the government, which the parties believe will eventually lead to a resolution of the case with a plea to one or more offenses, and serious medical issues of the defendant, including multiple hospitalizations.

Bucci was indicted on 18 charges in 2017 and is accused of three counts of bribery conspiracy; nine counts of bribery and embezzlement; and six counts of extortion, mail fraud and money laundering.

In Macomb Township, Bucci was accused of embezzling and conspiring to embezzle nearly $100,000 from Macomb Township in connection with a contractor, Christopher Sorrentino.

Sorrentino is due in court March 3 for sentencing.