Former Wayne County Airport official charged for accepting over $5M in bribes, kickbacks

Posted: 3:38 PM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 19:56:34Z

A former Wayne County Airport official has been charged for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks totaling over $5 million. 

James Warner, 51, a department manager in utilities and infrastructure at the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), was indicted by a federal gand jury on eight counts of conspiracy, federal program bribery, federal program theft, money laundering and obstruction of justice, in connection with maintenance and repair contracts for runways and parking structures at Detroit Metropolitan Airports, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced Wednesday. 

According to the indictment, from May 2010 through August 2014, Warner engaged in multiple schemes to defraud the WCAA out of millions of dollars. 

This is one of the largest bribes prosecuted to date in the Eastern District of Michigan, according to court documents.