Detroit councilman Leland charged with misconduct in office

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit city councilman has been charged with misconduct in office for allegedly accepting monetary payments to influence how he voted on “certain city matters,” a prosecutor said.

Gabe Leland, 37, was charged Friday by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office, which alleges that he accepted the payments between Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018.

Prosecutor Michael Roehrig said the charging document alleges that Leland “accepted payments of money to influence his vote on certain city matters over the course of his employment as a city councilman.”

Roehrig was assigned to the case after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had cited a conflict of interest.

Messages seeking comment on the charge were left Saturday for Leland and his attorney, Steve Fishman.

The felony charge comes a month before Leland was scheduled to go to trial in federal court on three counts of bribery for allegedly demanding $15,000 from businessman Bob Carmack to help Carmack in a dispute with the city.

In April, Leland’s federal trial was postponed from May until Aug. 17.

Under the Detroit City Charter, an elected official who “engages in official misconduct,” “corrupt conduct in office” or pleads to “or is convicted of a felony while holding office” forfeits their office, the Detroit Free Press reported.