It won’t be until his sentencing hearing on December 13th that former Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick learns the consequences of his guilty plea to accepting bribes from a paving contractor. He entered the guilty plea in Federal District Court last Wednesday and according to an agreement with the government could face up to 57 months in federal prison. The crime of accepting a bribe over $5,000 involving federal funds, which the city uses for paving projects, is up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
Anjali Prasad, Kischnick’s attorney, however, is asking Federal District Judge Nancy Edmunds for no more than 27 months confinement for her client. She was speculating that Kischnick was set up by the contractor and that he had just asked “a friend” for financial help in the amount of $15,000 and was caught by someone wearing a wire when he accepted $3,000 in cash. And the total amount that was misappropriated was just $5,879 – not the almost $20,000 the government claimed.
Federal Prosecutor Dawn Isom interjected that Kischnick actually took quite a bit more in the amount of $42,000 when they learned he took a free apartment including furniture and utilities.
Kischnick did admit to the judge that he took gifts of meals and alcohol, and a $3,500 driveway repair, which he said he should have paid for.
All of this followed the FBI showing up in Troy last spring to investigate. It was also after the city manager was fired in March following a charge of assaulting his girlfriend, who also worked for the city. Troy has issued its own statement on the situation, which can be read in full below. Current city leadership continues to move forward with plans for a forensic audit and other measures in support of professional and ethical employee behavior, the city said in a statement.
“Mr. Kischnick’s behavior represents a very serious breach of public trust and abuse of power,” said Troy City Manager Mark Miller. “We will continue to move forward with employees that meet the highest standards of integrity, implement safeguards to ensure ethical behavior and serve our residents with the professionalism they deserve.”
City administration is currently in the process of procuring a forensic auditor to review city finances. Additional measures undertaken include the development of employee ethical responsibility training.
Recently, the city completed a comprehensive audit of security systems and access to critical accounts to ensure security protocols are in place. As a result, no evidence of any unknown data breaches was discovered.
The leadership and employees of the city say they have fully cooperated with the FBI investigation of Kischnick.