February 5, 2020
Former Michigan Airport Official Sentenced in Bribery and Kickback Scheme
On February 5, 2020, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, sentenced James Warner to 120 months’ incarceration, 24 months of supervised release, a $1,000 special assessment, and $11 million in restitution. The court held Warner, former department manager for utilities and infrastructure at the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), and co-conspirator William Pritula, owner of Pritula & Sons Construction, LLC, jointly responsible for the restitution, which is payable to WCAA. A forfeiture judgment of $5,474,132.48, previously entered against the two men, will be applied to the total restitution amount.
On June 5, 2019, a jury in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, convicted Warner for his role in a complex white-collar fraud scheme at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
DOT-OIG conducted this joint investigation with the FBI.