FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2019
City Of Troy Responds To Kischnick Sentencing
Efforts to Ensure Ethical Behavior, Restore Trust Continue
TROY, MI – Today, former Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bribery. The bribery charge resulted from an FBI investigation, in which the City of Troy cooperated. Kischnick was indicted in July 2018, and pled guilty as part of a negotiated plea deal on August 22, 2018.
Under federal criminal law, there are sentencing guidelines, and the funds wrongfully received are taken into consideration for the sentence. The U.S. Attorney’s office prepared a Sentencing Memorandum, detailing Kischnick’s wrongful conduct, which is a public document, and is available on the City of Troy’s website at www.troymi.gov/. Also attached is the final judgment from the sentencing.
At the sentencing, Federal Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds considered Kischnick’s admission that he solicited almost $25,000 and actually received approximately $9,500 for his personal gain.
Prior to the initiation of this federal criminal charge, the Troy City Council terminated Kischnick’s employment, after he was arrested for domestic assault in Clawson, Michigan. Since his termination date of March 11, 2018, the City of Troy leadership has continued to implement measures to protect taxpayers from unethical behavior.
“This sentencing contributes to the deserved closure of this matter for the residents, businesses and employees of Troy,” said City Manager Mark F. Miller. He added, “It is critical that there is trust in the government and its employees, which is fostered by integrity and transparency.”
The City was fully cooperative with the FBI investigation and the US Attorney’s office. In addition, the City immediately audited its internal security systems and verified that Kischnick had very limited access opportunities to the City’s financial accounts. The City has also retained an independent CPA firm, Plante Moran, for a comprehensive forensic review of Kischnick’s financial expenditures during his five year tenure, as well as any other anomalies. Plante Moran is also authorized to make recommendations for additional proactive measures to further insulate the City, as custodian of taxpayer money. This process is expected to be completed in the near future.
The Troy City Council and City Administration remains committed to continuing transparency, providing its residents and businesses with information concerning this matter.
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