Troy man who owns engineering company found guilty on four counts of bribery

By: Alex Szwarc, Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 7, 2019

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TROY — Fazullah Khan, 56, of Troy — the owner of the Fazal Khan & Associates civil engineering, surveying and construction management firm in Sterling Heights — was found guilty on four counts of bribery.

Each of the four bribery charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The five-day trial was conducted before U.S. District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland in Port Huron. The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half before returning a guilty verdict July 12.

According to a prepared statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Eastern District of Michigan, “According to evidence presented at trial, in 2014, Khan bribed one public official of Washington Township with $10,000 in cash in return for a million-dollar-per-year engineering contract, and another public official there with a secret financial interest in a property development deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for his assistance with the contract and efforts to get water and sewer lines to Khan’s property. Unbeknownst to Khan, both township officials that he was trying to bribe were working with the FBI.”

“Our office is continuing our battle against bribery and corruption every day, and the jury’s guilty verdict shows the people of Michigan won’t stand for this corruption either,” United States Attorney Matthew Schneider stated in the release.

Khan’s office had no comment. His attorney, James Thomas, could not be reached for comment by press time.

The case was the latest part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation centered in Macomb County.

The release states that the conviction of Khan brings to 22 the number of individuals convicted in this corruption investigation.

The FBI and the IRS conducted the investigation.

Khan is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 28.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously decided to terminate its contract with Fazal Khan & Associates at its July 16 meeting, following word of Khan’s conviction.

In other charges, first placed on the docket in May 2018, a final pretrial and plea hearing was recently canceled for former Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci.

Bucci was scheduled to appear in federal court for a final pretrial and plea cutoff hearing June 27 in Port Huron. On June 26, the hearing was canceled.

The 59-year-old’s case is in front of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland and has been delayed numerous times.

A final pretrial conference is set for Jan. 7, 2020, with a jury trial moved from July 15 to Jan. 21, 2020.

A June 27 court order states both parties’ reasons for the delay are that Bucci has decided 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.

The 18 criminal charges that Bucci was indicted on in November 2017 allegedly took place over a nine-year period and included conspiracy, extortion, kickbacks, embezzlement and bribery in both his position as a trustee for Macomb Township and with the Macomb County Department of Public Works, where he served as the operational services manager.

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

“Given the vast scope of the corruption case under investigation, about which the defendant has knowledge, including approximately 100 hours of tape recordings, substantial additional time is needed for the parties to meet and conduct debriefings,” the order states.

A pretrial motions deadline is Nov. 7.

Staff Writer Kara Szymanski contributed to this report.

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