Ex-Postal Service manager in Detroit sentenced to prison for bribery conviction

Bruce Plumb to spend 1 year in prison, pay fine for funneling jobs to local contractor

By Hank Winchester - Reporter

DETROIT - A former Postal Service employee with authority over vehicle maintenance has been sentenced for taking bribes that included cash and prostitutes from a contractor.

Bruce Plumb was convicted of taking between $10,000 and $30,000 in bribes in 2009 and 2010 from the owner of Metro Diesel.

Plumb was in charge of the Postal Service's Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Detroit.

Plumb didn't have much to say to the Local 4 Defenders as he walked out of the courthouse on Tuesday. But inside, he tearfully apologized for his role in a scheme that involved the bribery scheme.

Plumb first made headlines in 1993, when he was shot inside the Dearborn post office. Two people were killed, but Plumb survived. His co-workers said he was never the same.

He remained on the job in a management position and kept under the radar until a federal case against him came together.

Investigators said Plumb used his management position in the post office to help illegally steer more than $13 million in repair work on postal vehicles to the local contractor.

In return for the jobs, Plumb is accused of accepting thousands of dollars in drinks, lap dances at strip clubs, had access to a prostitute, had a $3,000 paver patio installed at his home and was given Viagra pills.

Plumb's attorney had hoped his client would be sentenced to 120 days of home confinement. But instead, Plumb will serve one year in prison, pay a $4,000 fine and remain on court-ordered supervision for two years after his release.

Plumb is one of four people charged in the case. The contractor has not yet been charged and it could be because he's cooperating with the investigation.

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