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3 People Indicted In Connection With The Failed Wayne County Jail Project

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Three former Wayne County public officials have been indicted involving the botched jail project.

Carla Sledge, Steven Collins, and Anthony Parlovecchio are alleged to have cost the county millions of cost overruns for the building of the Wayne County Jail.

In September of 2013, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy asked for a one-man grand jury to investigate the jail debacle.

The grand jury reviewed 140,000 pages of documents, which led to their indictment.

Monday ex-chief financial officer Carla Sledge and chief assistant corporation counsel Steven Collins are charged with misconduct and neglect of duty said Worthy.  They are accused of giving false or misleading information on the project's cost.

Contractor Anthony Parlovecchio is charged with neglect of duty and accused of not fully informing officials about the project.

Prosecutors say Sledge and the others lied to the county commission with regard to the status of the building of the jail.

Sledge's attorney Harold Gurewitz says she is innocent of the charges. Parlovecchio's lawyer Ben Gonek says the project was within budget when his client was running it.

If convicted, the three could face up to five years in prison.

Construction has been halted on the 2,000-bed jail which was more than $90 million over-budget.


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