Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 7, 2013

Ex-Ficano aide sentenced to prison

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — DETROIT — A former top aide to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano will get prison time for obstructing an FBI bribery and extortion probe.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit says Friday that Zayd Allebban has been sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Allebban of Dearborn was accused of pressuring a vendor to lie to agents and manufacturing evidence to impede the investigation. He was found guilty in February.

Documents were falsified to conceal the fact that a contractor had given Allebban’s friend and then-supervisor, Tahir Kazmi, cash and paid for trips.

Kazmi was the county’s chief information officer. He pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and faces sentencing on Dec. 13.

Allebban was the county’s enterprise application director. The office does software application development.