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Anthony Marrocco pleads guilty in Macomb County corruption scandal

Former Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco pleaded guilty to attempted extortion Tuesday, two years after being charged in a corruption scandal that saw him fall from being one of Metro Detroit’s longest-serving and most powerful politicians.

The surprise guilty plea in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland in Port Huron  came three weeks before Marrocco was set to stand trial on four extortion charges that threatened to send him to federal prison for up to 20 years. Less than 12% of the 101 people convicted of federal corruption charges from 2015-21 in the Eastern District of Michigan opted to stand trial and risk longer sentences, according to U.S. Sentencing Commission statistics.

Marrocco is 74 years old and will be sentenced by Cleland, who has a reputation for stiff punishment and who three years ago sent former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds to 17 years in prison for bribery. That is the longest sentence issued during a federal prosecution of public corruption in Macomb County that has led to the convictions of at least 23 contractors and public officials, including former county Prosecutor Eric Smith, trash mogul Chuck Rizzo and towing titan Gasper Fiore.

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