DETROIT -

Eric Morton Eric Morton was a vice president at Fifth Third Bank. But now, he’s pleaded guilty to accepting cash bribed to help get risky million-dollar loans approved.

Morton was one of a handful of people who were charged last year on allegations they devised a scheme to get millions on commercial loans for straw buyers.

Businessman Sam Nazzal, who operated G&S Development, is accused of working with Morton to take bribes between 2003 and 2008 to get those loans passed.

Morton has pleaded guilty to taking $20,000.

As part of the deal, Morton will only do about three years in prison. His sentencing is set for Sept. 10.

Sam Nazzal Nazzal has until October to decide whether to cut a deal or go to trial.