Man Caught in Record-Setting Kickback Scheme Kills Himself

DETROIT (AP) — A choose is defending how she dealt with the case of a former Detroit-area airport official who killed himself reasonably than report back to jail for accepting greater than $6 million in kickbacks in a record-setting corruption investigation.

James Warner’s physique was found Friday, a day after he was supposed to show himself in for a 10-year sentence. He was convicted in 2019 however allowed to stay free whereas pursuing appeals.

“Mr. Warner agreed to proceed psychological well being remedy and his physician licensed he was not a hazard to himself,” U.S. District Choose Victoria Roberts stated. “Mr. Warner abided by all circumstances the courtroom set for him. He didn’t look like any hazard to himself.”

She stated she was glad that Warner frolicked along with his household whereas many individuals in jail had been susceptible to COVID-19.

Warner, 55, was an infrastructure supervisor on the company that runs Detroit Metropolitan Airport, from 2010 by means of 2014. He was convicted of steering greater than $43 million in contracts to individuals in change for greater than $6 million in kickbacks — “the best bribe totals in district historical past,” prosecutors stated, referring to Detroit and jap Michigan.

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The federal government had warned the choose in 2019 that he may flee or hurt himself if granted bond whereas submitting appeals, The Detroit Information reported.

“It’s only a actual shock, fairly frankly,” protection legal professional Harold Gurewitz stated of Warner’s demise. “I’m sorry that this has occurred.”

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