Building and safety worker pleads guilty to bribery

By J. Patrick Pepper
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Former Building and Safety Department clerk Leticia Bosemon in a federal courthouse on Tuesday admitted accepting $63,000 in bribes between 2006 and 2008.
She told U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen that homebuyers in Dearborn are required to post a performance bond with the city that covers the costs associated with getting a home up to building code. Once the bond is posted, the homebuyer then is issued a temporary certificate of occupancy.
Bosemon said she produced fake performance bonds and sold them to buyers looking to skirt the costs associated with the bonds. Those who bribed Bosemon paid less than they would have through a bond company, interim U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said in a statement.
Bosemon could face up to 37 months in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 3. She was fired from her city job days after FBI agents seized documents and files from her work area in June 2008 in an after-hours search of building and safety offices.