Several charges dropped in Bobby Ferguson's bid-rigging case

Ferguson scheduled to go to trial in January for alleged fraud, bid-rigging


DETROIT – Several corruption charges against former Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson have been dismissed "in an effort to streamline and simplify the presentation of evidence in this matter," according to the U.S. District Court.

View court document: Counts against Ferguson dismissed

Ferguson is accused of obtaining millions of dollars in public works contracts through false statements and bid collusion.

He's also accused of making false statements in a proposal as part of the Garden View Estates project, a public housing development in Detroit. Among the counts dismissed are mail fraud conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

The charges he will face in trial will include conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to willfully injure property, and three charges of felon in possession of a firearm.

The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 21, 2014.

His first trial on the same charges ended with a mistrial last year.

Watch: Bobby Ferguson wants out of prison to prepare for new trial

In March, Ferguson was found guilty in of racketeering and corruption charges in a trial he faced alongside former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick.

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