DETROIT, May 11 (UPI) -- Watches belonging to a Detroit-area political consultant and his girlfriend were received as bribes and should be forfeited, federal prosecutors say.
The trial of Sam Riddle and Mary Waters is scheduled to begin June 1, the Detroit Free Press reported. Riddle allegedly received $45,000 and a Breitling watch valued at $5,500 from Zeidman's Jewelry & Loan, while Waters allegedly got a Rolex worth $6,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Foley asked a court Monday to order Riddle and Waters to surrender their expensive timepieces by May 26, the Detroit Free Press reported.
"A court may take any action to preserve the availability of property subject to criminal forfeiture, including a pretrial order," Foley wrote in her motion.
The Detroit News reported prosecutors have given Riddle and his lawyer, John McManus, a May 20 deadline to accept or reject a plea deal. A News reporter overheard a discussion between the lawyers.
"We're working on something," assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Cares told McManus. "We're going to put a package together. It's going to be take it or leave it."
Riddle allegedly took a bribe to help Zeidman's relocate in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. He also faces extortion charges in Detroit and was convicted last week of aiming a shotgun at Waters, a former state representative, after she found him with another woman.