City of Detroit
Former Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey.
Former Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Wednesday for receiving more than $35,000 in bribes.
Spivey, a 47-year-old pastor, Cass Tech High School grad, and law student at Wayne State University, was facing up to five years in prison.
Spivey was the first person to be charged as part of the federal government’s ongoing “Operation Northern Hook,” an investigation into corruption within Detroit government and the police department related to towing contracts.
The investigation is ongoing.
Spivey’s attorney Elliot Hall asked the judge for a sentence of probation. Prosecutors sought a 40-month prison sentence.
Spivey is the second Detroit councilman to be sentenced for bribery in the past year. A grand jury indicted Councilman Gabe Leland
on bribery charges in October 2018, and he resigned in May 2020. A month later, he was sentenced to probation.
Spivey resigned from council on Sept. 29. The day before, Spivey pleaded guilty to conspiring with an unidentified staff member to commit bribery.
Spivey and the staff member collected more than $35,000 in cash bribes from an undercover agent or confidential informant on eight different occasions between 2018 and 2020.
On Aug. 25, the FBI raided the homes and offices
of council members Janeé Ayers and Scott Benson, who are under investigation for their alleged roles in the towing scandal.
In the general election earlier this month, Ayers lost her seat
Four current or former Detroit cops have been charged with bribery
in connection with the investigation.
In a separate towing scandal
, six Detroit cops were sentenced to jail in an extortion scheme.
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