CLINTON TWP. (WWJ) – An elected Trustee of Clinton Township has been charged with accepting bribes.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 49-year old Dean Reynolds, who was arrested Thursday, allegedly took the bribes in exchange for votes on contracts.

According to a criminal complaint, Reynolds has accepted between $50,000 and $70,000 in cash from a company doing business with the township over the past five years. He also allegedly took $17,000 in cash from an undercover agent.

Federal investigators used wiretaps as well as surveillance video and other undercover operations to gather evidence in the case.

[View a copy of the complaint]

“Today’s arrest should serve as a reminder to the public of the FBI’s longstanding record of successful public corruption investigations in the Detroit Metropolitan area, ” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. “Betrayal of the public trust for personal gain will always be an investigative priority of the FBI and our partners in Michigan.”

Reynolds, a resident of Clinton Township, was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

According to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Reynolds’ arrest is part of an ongoing and long-running investigation into systemic corruption in multiple municipalities in southeast Michigan, primarily Macomb County.

Anyone who has information regarding public officials accepting bribes is encouraged to call the Detroit Division of the FBI at 313-965-2222.

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