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Sorrentino sentencing rescheduled for Nov. 14

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 16, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — For the second time in the last couple of months, sentencing for a local contractor has been delayed.

Christopher Sorrentino, of Macomb Township, was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10 in federal court. On Aug. 14, sentencing was rescheduled for Nov. 14 before U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland.

Sorrentino’s July 9 sentencing was rescheduled for Sept. 10. The sentencing memorandum is due by Oct. 31.

Sorrentino, 53, accepted a plea deal in October 2017, admitting to paying more than $90,000 in kickbacks to a Macomb Township elected official, later identified as Dino Bucci, a month after Sorrentino was charged with one count of structuring financial transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

According to Sorrentino’s court documents and testimony, in 2014, Sorrentino’s business was paid for work repaving the Macomb Township Hall parking lot that another company did. Bucci allegedly directed Sorrentino to pay the company that did the work for a lower bid and then paid him the kickback.

In June, Bucci’s final pretrial and plea hearing was cancelled. A final pretrial conference is set for Jan. 7, 2020, with a jury trial moved from July 15 to Jan. 21, 2020.

Bucci is reportedly cooperating with the government, which the parties believe will eventually lead to a resolution of the case with a plea to one or more offenses.