The Detroit News reports that Dwight Dean, once the highest-ranking U.S. Census Bureau official in Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia until he was abruptly, and inexplicably, replaced in August 2010, is now under investigation for bribery by a grand jury.
Federal investigators did not put a value on the alleged bribes, which involved dinners at expensive restaurants and what appear to be free tickets to the North American International Auto Show charity preview. In the documents released so far, there have been no claims of money being paid although there is a question about awarding an $857,000 no-bid contract.
No criminal charges have been filed as of this time. Also, there is no indication the allegations affected the 2010 census count.
"I know I've done nothing wrong or improper other than deliver services to the U.S. government," James said. "To insinuate I've done anything improper, to be brought into this witch hunt, is very upsetting to me, extremely upsetting."
You can read the Detroit News report at http://goo.gl/qThVX.
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