Feds Charge Kischnick With Bribery

Former Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick has been charged with bribery. The Feds say he solicited and accepted cash and other things of value totaling over $20,000 from a contractor.

“Those who hold the public’s offices and use them for their own personal gain and enrichment should beware,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement. “We will uncover your crimes and hold you fully accountable for your breach of the public’s trust. This office is committed to weeding out corruption everywhere we find it in Southeastern Michigan.”

According to the Detroit News, Kischnick was charged in a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is expected. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the charges that Feds say began in September 2015 and only ended when he was fired in March.

“Willfully violating the oath of public office for personal gain is a serious and unlawful breach of the public’s trust,” Timothy Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit division, said in a statement. The charges were filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. This is the latest charge in the dozens of FBI investigations involving corruption by public officials in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

It’s been a year of consequences for Kischnick, who was fired by Troy City Council in the wake of domestic assault charges stemming from an altercation with his girlfriend. Two months ago, he was sentenced to 15 months reporting probation, a domestic violence program, and substance abuse monitoring.

That wasn’t the first complaint the city had received about Kischnick’s character. Officials were made aware of thousands of dollars of expenses including cell phone accessories, personal meals, and annual recreation passes. He was also involved in an accident two years ago involving a city car, which he drove despite collecting a gas allowance for using his own vehicle.