Ex-Wayne County official to go to trial for corruption charges

Published On: Feb 05 2013 08:42:02 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 03:38:10 AM EST
Zayd Allebban outside court
DETROIT -

A former Wayne County official will go to trial for federal corruption charges.

Zayd Allebban, the county's director of enterprise application, was indicted for obstruction of justice and falsifying documents.

The 33-year-old is accused of conspiring with his supervisor, Tahir Kazmi, to deliver cash to a contractor to convince the contractor to lie to the FBI about bribes paid to Kazmi.
Allebban was fired from his position after the first charges. He was in court Thursday and said he is surprised by the charges against him.

"I had hoped that by this point in the investigation, the truth would have emerged, that the U.S. attorney would have understood my position and my circumstances," he said. "But unfortunately that's not the case, but we have to go further and put a little more effort into proving my innocence than I originally thought."

Allebban also is accused of creating false documents to cover up the bribes.

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