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E-Mail StoryPrint StoryText Size: A A AAP PhotoPosted: Wednesday, 17 June 2009 5:40PMConyers Avoids Corruption ControversyDetroit (WWJ) -- Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was back at work Wednesday afternoon, despite reports that she has been given a pre-indictment letter in connection with a federal corruption investigation.

Sources say Conyers is identified as "Council Member A" in federal documents released Monday afternoon that show the council member received money in connection with a business transaction.

Conyers has not yet been formally charged.

Conyers spent Wednesday morning at her home.

"I am not going to talk to you.

I've got nothing to say to you,'' Conyers, the wife of U.S.


John Conyers, D-Mich., told reporters outside her home where she was seen at times on the roof with contractors.

The Rev.

Loyce Lester visited her but also declined to speak to reporters.

Conyers accused the news media of "harassing'' her and neighbors, then rode to City Hall where she led a hearing about possible restrictions at strip clubs before council President Ken Cockrel Jr.

took over.

"Just like the news media, they don't have a right to harass us.

But they have a right to be here,'' Conyers said of the clubs.On Monday, businessman Rayford Jackson, a Synagro contractor, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery to win the $47 million-a-year sludge deal for Synago Technologies.

Jackson said he arranged at least four payments for Council Member A, including $3,000 on the same day Conyers joined with the majority in approving the Synagro deal, 5-4.In January, Synagro's Michigan representative, Jim Rosendall, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.

His plea agreement described how he distributed cash and other gifts to officials, including Council Member A.Meanwhile, Sam Riddle, a political consultant and former Conyers aide said he's been in contact with federal prosecutors.

"I have not cut a deal, nor has a deal been conveyed to me directly by the Department of Justice,'' Riddle told the AP.

He has "never taken any money to sway a vote'' and has resisted pressure to help investigators, Riddle said.

"At the appropriate time, I will tell the truth, under oath if necessary, and the chips will fall where they may...All of us who have worked with individuals that hold the public trust must take that responsibility very seriously.

And if we make choices which compromise the public trust, then we should be prepared to pay the piper,'' Riddle said.Tuesday, Conyers addressed the controversy during her weekly live television program on WHPR-TV (Channel 33), but gave no indication of what she will do."I just want to say that first and foremost publicly that I am a child of God," she said.

"And that all these things that are going on right now that I believe in my heart that God will deliver me from them."© MMIX WWJ Radio, All Rights Reserved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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