Feds accuse airport manager of $5M in kickbacks

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ROMULUS — A former Detroit-area airport official is accused of receiving more than $5 million in kickbacks from contractors.

Federal prosecutors said it's one of the largest bribery cases in Michigan's Eastern District.

James Warner was charged yesterday with conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

He was an infrastructure manager at the agency that runs Detroit Metropolitan Airport from 2010 through 2014.

The indictment says Warner allegedly told a contractor that kickbacks were the "cost of doing business" at the airport.

Warner allegedly once wrote a cash demand on a napkin, passed it to a contractor and then ate it, the indictment says.

A not-guilty plea was entered when Warner appeared in court.

The government has seized about $4 million from him so far.

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