A hauling contractor charged last month for his involvement in bid-rigging a HUD project, has pleaded guilty. Rodney Burrell, owner of R & R Heavy Hauling, agreed to plead guilty to the charge of misprision of felony, meaning that he admitted to knowing about a conspiracy to defraud the government but gave misleading and incomplete information about it.
Burrell was implicated in a bidding scheme that set up former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s longtime friend, Bobby Ferguson, to be awarded a $12 million contract in connection with a low-income housing project, Garden View Estates. Burrell and another contractor, submitted bogus bids on the contract, so that Ferguson’s inflated bid appeared to be the lowest, and would be awarded the work.
The other contractor, Brian Dodds, was promised a $300,000 subcontract from Ferguson. Dodds pleaded guilty last month to identical charges and is awaiting sentencing.
The Detroit City Hall corruption scandal has resulted in over 10 felony convictions for corruption, all of which were tied to disgraced former mayor Kilpatrick, who is now serving time in federal prison.