Allegations of Extortion and Pay to Play are Causing Public to Lose Trust in Public Works Department
Harrison Township, MI—Candice Miller called on Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to fire Deputy Public Works Commissioner Dino Bucci after allegations of extortion, pay-to-play and harassment came to light in various news reports in the last two weeks. Candice Miller criticized Macomb Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco and Deputy Public Works Commissioner Dino Bucci for their failure to address the ongoing allegations against Macomb County Deputy Public Works Commissioner and Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci. As the FBI continues its investigation into corruption in various levels of Macomb County government, Gianna Construction as well as Macomb Township resident Eddie Jawad stepped forward with new allegations against Dino Bucci. Almost two weeks after these allegations have been reported, Deputy Public Works Commissioner Dino Bucci and Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco have refused to address these serious allegations causing Macomb County residents to lose trust in the Public Works Department.
“As law enforcement continues to investigate corruption in Macomb County, more and more people are losing faith in local government. Anthony Marrocco and Dino Bucci have not publicly addressed the serious allegations of extortion, harassment, and pay-to-play that have been all too common,” stated Candice Miller. “Macomb residents have had enough with the culture of corruption in the Macomb Public Works Department. Dino Bucci needs to be fired.”
“Dino Bucci has been with Marrocco all of his 24 years in office. Bucci has always been Marrocco’s protégé and the failure to address these serious allegations against Bucci highlights the culture of corruption Anthony Marrocco has fostered in the Public Works Department over the years. Dino Bucci doesn’t sneeze without Anthony Marrocco knowing about it. There have always been allegations against Dino Bucci for unethical practices and these allegations are being reported by the media. It’s time Anthony Marrocco and Dino Bucci address these serious charges of extortion, pay-to-play and harassment. It’s time for Anthony Marrocco to fire his deputy, Dino Bucci.”
In 2004, the Detroit News reported that a Macomb Township resident filed a complaint with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s office against Dino Bucci acting as Deputy Public Works Commissioner citing a 1997 Attorney General opinion where a city councilman couldn’t serve as county drain commissioner because of potential conflicts. Anthony Marrocco admitted in the Detroit News article that Dino Bucci would serve as Deputy Public Works Commissioner regularly where Marrocco directed him in the statement, “He [Bucci] just does what he’s told to do by myself, the deputy, or the drain board.”
Stories of allegations against Macomb County Deputy Public Works Commissioner Dino Bucci include:
WXYZ: New allegations of threats, retaliation and abuse of power against Macomb Township Trustee
The 7 Investigators are outlining more allegations of threats, retaliation and abuse of power by Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci. The feds conducting their ongoing investigation into “systemic corruption” may want to watch this.
Bucci ran out after the Macomb Township Board meeting Wednesday night without answering questions. Eddie Jawad says he’s documented everything and he’s willing to talk with authorities.
Macomb Daily: Macomb Township residents grill board members over bribery and extortion charges
Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci had indicated he would make a statement concerning allegations that he tried to extort a developer, but left Wednesday’s meeting without addressing the claims
“I was intimidated by Dino Bucci,” said Eddie Jawad, who left his native Lebanon 35 years ago and now resides in Macomb. “You cannot take me in the back room and tell me this is what I can do for you. I can make your life a living hell if do not be my boy. This is what exact he said to me. And I would never forget that.” In addition, a Mount Clemens investments company filed a lawsuit in Macomb County Circuit Court against the township and Bucci, claiming Bucci tried to extort $76,000 from the company when it tried to get a refund on water and sewer fees for a development that wasn’t constructed.
To read the whole story, go to: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20161027/NEWS/161029708
Macomb Daily, “Macomb Township trustee accused in extortion scheme”: “With public corruption charges in Macomb County mounting, a longtime Macomb Township trustee has been accused of of trying to extort $76,000 from a contractor, according to published reports….The lawsuit‘s extortion claim against Bucci, a well-known political ally of Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco, is further proof of a “pay-to-play” culture in the department, according to Congresswoman Candice Miller, who ischallenging Marrocco in the Nov. 8 election. “The pay to play culture of corruption perpetuated by Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco has been well known in Macomb County for decades,” Miller said Friday in a statement.”
To read the full article, go to: http://www.macombdaily.com/general-news/20161022/macomb-township-trustee-accused-in-extortion-scheme
Detroit Free Press, “Lawsuit Claims Macomb Twp Trustee tried to extort $76k from Contractor”: In yet another allegation of political corruption in Macomb County, a contractor filed a lawsuit Friday accusing a Macomb Township trustee of trying to extort about $76,000 from the company when it tried to get a refund on water and sewer fees for a development that was not constructed. Gianna Investments LLC filed the lawsuit in Macomb County Circuit Court against the township and Trustee Dino F. Bucci, who also serves as an operations manager for Macomb County Public Works.
To read the full article, go to: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2016/10/21/macomb-township-trustee-dino-bucci-kickback/92521162/