Grand Blanc attorney pleads to payroll tax charge

The Flint Journal and The Associated Press are reporting that Grand Blanc attorney Steven P. Iamarino has pleaded guilty to not sending the IRS more than $19,000 in payroll taxes for 2006 and 2007.

U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg in Detroit says Iamarino faces up to a year’s imprisonment and a $100,000 fine at a sentencing hearing scheduled for April 28.

From The Flint Journal

Iamarino was embroiled in a political and legal controversy throughout much of 2009 in Clayton Township, where he formerly served as the township attorney. He, former police chief Chuck Melki and former building inspector Ted Henry all lost their positions in March after members of the newly elected township board took office. Three Clayton Township trustees involved in the firings lost their seats in a November recall election.

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Attorneys honored for prosecution of spam, torture cases

“U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg and assistant U.S. attorneys Julie Beck and Christopher Graveline, of the United States Attorney’s Office — Eastern District of Michigan, were honored this week in Washington, D.C. for their prosecution of Alan Ralsky, called the spam king, and another case,” reports the Detroit Free Press.

“The prosecutors were honored Tuesday at the 2009 Assistant Attorney General Awards at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building in Washington, D.C.”

U.S. Attorney: Detroit corruption probe could take years

In an exclusive interview with The Detroit News, Terrence Berg, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said the federal corruption probe of Detroit government could extend for years.

Berg said the investigation is humming along, despite a perception that “nothing is happening” following several guilty pleas, including that of former Councilwoman Monica Conyers.