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    Prosecutors fire back at Detroit ex-Councilman Andre Spivey

    Former Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey in 2020 failed a government lie detector test about accepting bribes from a Detroit businessman and harmed a federal corruption investigation by leaking sensitive information to others, according to federal prosecutors.

    Prosecutors portrayed Spivey as a liar and a leaker in a new court filing on Friday to refute claims he made seeking leniency in his bribery case ahead of sentencing on Wednesday.

    Spivey, 47, pleaded guilty in September to accepting $35,900 in bribes from a confidential FBI source between 2018 and 2020 in exchange for wielding his political influence.

    In a court filing earlier this week, Spivey asked a federal judge for a sentence of probation, explaining that he extensively cooperated with authorities. Spivey also claimed the bribe payments he took were “loans” to help deal with financial issues and mounting bills.

    None of that is true, according to prosecutors.

    “Even setting aside the issue of Spivey lying during his debriefings and failing a polygraph, there is simply no possible basis for which Spivey can claim that his sentence should be reduced given that he failed to identify a single bribe beyond the ones that the FBI already knew about,” prosecutors wrote in Friday’s filing in U.S. District Court in Detroit. “Instead, Spivey is misleading the court and simply seeking to depress his sentence by claiming ‘cooperation.’ “

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