DETROIT, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a political consultant accused in a bribery scandal involving a Detroit city councilwoman, officials said.
Sam Riddle, 63, allegedly hand-delivered a bribe to former City Councilwoman Monica Conyers to buy her vote to award a $1.2 billion waste disposal contract to Texas company Synagro Technologies, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
Riddle was chief of staff for Conyers, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and will face sentencing in March, the Free Press said.
He faces additional charges that he and Conyers allegedly extorted money from two other companies in exchange for helping them in their deals with the city.
And Riddle is facing a separate felonious assault charge for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his live-in girlfriend, former Illinois State Rep. Mary Waters, when she came home to find him with another woman, the Free Press reported.
Opening statements in Riddle's bribery trial are scheduled for Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court.