Feds file bribery case against Postal Service and Historic Fort Wayne official

Detroit federal prosecutors Wednesday charged a U.S. Postal Service official with accepting bribes, including construction work on his cottage and free hotel rooms, in return for awarding government contracts.

Postal Service facilities engineer Thomas Berlucchi, 61, of Troy allegedly received the bribes from 2013-18 while awarding contracts to Horizons Materials & Management LLC, a Rochester Hills company owned by Michael Rymar.

The criminal case was filed five months after Rymar pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the postal service. His company was awarded more than $5 million worth of contracts for repairs on postal service buildings in Michigan and New York.

Rymar is awaiting sentencing in federal court.

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