Man who aided Detroit corruption probe gets prison

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Posted: Nov 30, 2009 6:40 PM

A judge has ordered an 11-month prison sentence for a man who helped authorities bring bribery charges against the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Jim Rosendall represented Houston-based Synagro Technologies when he approved bribes to Monica Conyers to get her vote on a sludge-disposal project in 2007. She was a member of the Detroit City Council at the time.

Rosendall later aided the FBI's investigation of City Hall corruption. He told U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn his "zeal and selfish acts" hurt Detroit.

Cohn followed the sentencing recommendation of federal prosecutors Monday.

Synagro's $47 million-a-year contract with Detroit was rescinded after Rosendall's guilty plea in January.

Monica Conyers also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing Jan. 15.