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Sun Sep 9, 2018, 05:25 AM

A Failed Story of Redemption: Ex-State Senator Bert Johnson Gets 90 Days

Ex-state Sen. Bert Johnson (D) once promoted his story of redemption, becoming an elected official after a conviction for a 1993 break-in and armed robbery at the Oakland Hills Country Club.

Now, he's headed back behind bars for theft of taxpayers' money after admitting he put a no-show employee on the state payroll.

Johnson, 44, of Highland Park, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit to 90 days in jail, followed by two years of supervised release, with the first 90 days of that being in home confinement. He also must put in 480 hours of community service and pay more than $23,000 in restitution.

Johnson pled guilty in March, admitting that from March 2014 through January 2, 2015, he employed a person as a community liason for a no-show job. The indictment alleges that Johnson borrowed thousands of dollars from the person, then hired her as a "ghost employee" to pay off the loan. In all, the person was paid more than $23,000.

Read more: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/20571/ex-state_senator_bert_johnson_gets_90_days_in_prison#.W5T0ec5KjRY

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