An indictment was unsealed charging three Dearborn Heights men with bribing officials from Garden City, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch.
Joining in the announcement was David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit, Michigan office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Charged are Mike Baydoun, 54, Ali Baydoun, 52, and Jalal Baydoun, 38.
The indictment charges that in 2016, the Baydouns conspired with each other to bribe the Mayor of Garden City, Police Chief, and three council members to obtain authorization to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Garden City, and to obtain authorization for a medical marijuana plant grow.
The indictment also charges that in furtherance of this conspiracy, on December 2, 2016, the Baydouns delivered to a Garden City official an envelope containing $15,000 cash, representing three individual bribes in the amount of $5,000 each for three Garden City Council members. The indictment also contains a forfeiture count pertaining to the $150,000 the Baydouns conspired to place into escrow to fund future bribes of officials.
Acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch said, “Citizens deserve elected officials to make decisions in the best interests of their constituents, not on who’s lining their pockets. Public servants who sell their votes will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
This prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Michael Buckley and Frances Lee Carlson.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Michigan