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Ex-Wayne County Employee Found Guilty In US Bribery Case

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A former Wayne County employee has been convicted in a federal bribery case.

A U.S. District Court jury on Tuesday found 34-year-old Zayd Allebban guilty of two counts of obstructing justice.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set for Allebban, who faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. Allebban, the county’s former Director of Enterprise, currently is free on bond.

The government says Allebban, a Dearborn resident, created a fake document to impede an investigation of county government.

According to prosecutors, Allebban tried to conceal that his boss, Tahir Kazmi, had received tens of thousands of dollars in cash and goods to secure multi-million dollar vendor contracts. Kazmi pleaded guilty to corruption charges in July 2012.

Defense lawyer Haytham Faraj said he is seeking probation for Allebban, who has no criminal record.

The jury acquitted Allebban of conspiracy and another count of obstruction of justice.

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