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3 men charged in bribery scheme to open marijuana dispensary in Garden City

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GARDEN CITY, Mich. – Three Dearborn Heights men were charged with bribing officials in an effort to obtain authorization to open a medical marijuana dispensary and grow operation in Garden City.

Mike Baydoun, 54, Ali Baydoun, 52, and Jalal Baydoun, 38, are charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, and aiding and abetting federal program bribery.

Under existing Garden City ordinances, only two medical marijuana growing centers can lawfully be operated in the city. Two already exist.

According to the indictment, the Baydouns conspired to bribe the mayor of Garden City, the police chief, and three city council members. Part of the agreement allegedly included a percentage of the growing center’s profits to be paid on a monthly basis in exchange for the issuance of a license to operate.

The Baydouns allegedly delivered an envelope containing $15,000 cash to a Garden City official on Dec. 2, 2016.

According to the indictment, the Baydouns agreed to place $150,000 in an escrow account to “demonstrate their good faith intent to pay additional bribes.” A forfeiture count pertaining to the monies was contained in the indictment.

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