Former Pontiac City Council member pleads guilty to taking bribes
A former Pontiac City councilman pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit Tuesday to accepting bribes, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
According to court documents, beginning in May 2008, 61-year-old Everett Seay met repeatedly with a "J.B.," a person who purported to be a drug dealer from Chicago, who was seeking the assistance of members of the Pontiac City Council to obtain a "regulated use" ordinance to open a business to buy and sell gold for the purpose of laundering drug proceeds. Unknown to Seay, "J.B." was actually an FBI agent acting in an undercover capacity. During several meetings, Seay solicited and accepted bribe payments from J.B. Between July and December, 2008, Seay received $10,800 in bribe payments from "J.B." United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said, "Public officials who accept bribes do not belong in office. We hope that our efforts to prosecute corrupt public officials will cause deter candidates from seeking office for personal gain."
The criminal charges against Everett Seay carry a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has been set for June 26.
Also charged, in a separate information, were Richard Clanagan, 69, formerly of Pontiac (a friend, associate and political advisor of Everett Seay), and Roscoe Johnson, 45, of Detroit (also a friend and associate of Seay’s).