- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - An Atlanta businessman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to paying bribes in 2007 to get investments from Detroit pension funds.

The Detroit News reports (https://bit.ly/1Vrt5hL ) that 52-year-old Roy Dixon Jr. screamed “Oh, Jesus!” Wednesday and stumbled into a federal court lectern in Detroit after learning he will spend 3½ years in prison.

Prosecutors have said Dixon paid more than $244,000 in bribes and cost pension funds more than $23 million in a business deal.

Defense attorney Edward Wishnow said Dixon “was emotional, he was disappointed” at the sentence.

He testified for the government in Detroit City Hall corruption investigations. Prosecutors said he gave cash to a pension board trustee and paid for a family vacation.

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