DETROIT, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A witness in the corruption trial of Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle testified that Riddle was brazen in asking for a bribe to sway a city council vote.
Jim St. John testified that he met Riddle in a Detroit restaurant in 2006 about getting a strip club license, and Riddle claimed to be an aide to then-City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
Riddle told St. John and his partner Joe Hall that Conyer's vote was for sale at $25,000, St. John testified.
St. John testified Riddle was so barefaced about the offer, he was fearful that Riddle was trying to entrap them.
"I was a little shocked and definitely concerned," St. John said. "I interpreted it as bribery. I thought: 'Are they trying to set me up?'"
Hall testified earlier Wednesday he had the same reaction.
Riddle, 63, is on trial in U.S. District Court on felony charges including extortion and bribery.
Prosecutors allege Riddle and Conyers together attempted to extort people wanting to do business with the Detroit City Council. Riddle was Conyers' chief of staff, the Free Press reported.