A judge has sentenced a former U.S. Postal Service employee to 18 months in prison for taking bribes to steer truck repairs to a Detroit contractor.
Greg Gorski was the last of five people to be sentenced in the corruption case.
The government says Gorski received more than $27,000 in cash, tickets, repairs and other gifts from the owner of Metro Diesel. In return, the Detroit garage fixed mail trucks and trailers from as far away as Jackson.
The 18-month sentence Thursday was far below the 33-month punishment sought by the government.
The owner of Metro Diesel hasn't been charged. Joe Fawaz told federal agents he was paying bribes.
His cooperation led to a very modest sentence for his wife, who was convicted in a separate fraud case.
History of the case
The U.S. attorney's office charged five postal employees -- Mancer Holmes, Greg Gorski, Jeffrey Adams, Denny Robinson and Bruce Plumb -- with conspiracy.
Plumb, the former manager of the postal truck maintenance facility in Detroit, is accused of taking kickbacks in the form of hookers and sexual dysfunction drugs.
Holmes was the lead auto tech at the bulk mail center in Allen Park. He is accused of taking hundreds of dollars each week and funneling truck maintenance work to an outside mechanic.
Adams was a supervisor at the post office vehicle maintenance facility in Detroit. He is accused of accepting thousands of dollars in cash and a car from the private repair contractor.
Gorski is a Postal Service truck maintenance specialist accused of taking a minivan as a bribe, dozens of gift cards and tickets to Detroit Pistons, Lions and University of Michigan football games.
Robinson was also a supervisor at the truck maintenance center in Detroit. Federal authorities say the contractor bribed him with a minivan and $20,000 in cash.
The contractor billed the government more than $13 million for vehicle work over a seven-year period. The contractor is identified in the indictments only as "Contractor A."
Much of the vehicle work was done in southeastern Michigan, although the government alleges that the corruption stretched to Akron, Ohio, where one of the five postal workers was manager of vehicle maintenance. The contractor had a garage in Akron.