Businessman gets 21 months in Macomb County corruption scandal

A local businessman who says he was drawn into the web of corruption in Macomb County learned his fate.

Derrick Hicks says he never bribed a public official but his crimes will still cost him 21 months in prison. 

Beginning in 2014 Hicks and his moving company were pawns in a bribery scheme.

"This is a man that's good to the bone," said his attorney Kimberly Stout. "And he was very much used and he completely stepped up to the plate and accepted responsibility."

FOX 2: "Who used him?"

"The Rizzo company," Stout said. "The powers that be there."

Hicks' lawyer says he would overcharge Rizzo Environmental Services to generate funds Rizzo would use to bribe Clinton Township trustee Dean Reynolds to vote for contracts for Rizzo Environmental Services. 

"He wasn't directly involved with political payoffs," Stout said. "He acknowledged he inflated some invoices."

Hicks agreed to plead guilty to fraud and go to prison. He admits he knew what he was doing was wrong but thought that's just how big business worked. 

"He, obviously, is not someone that went to Wharton Business School and understands all the dynamics of big business," Stout said. "He was just pleased to be growing as a moving company."

Hicks' mistake will cost him 21 months of freedom.

"My client has learned and you will never see him again," Stout said. "But you will see him hiring again and continuing her charity work." 

Stout said that her client refused to help the government and the bad guys.
 

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