Former official facing charges

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit official who had broad authority over sewer lines, water and infrastructure was charged Wednesday with extorting money from developers and contractors and cutting off work with those who didn’t comply.

Anthony Marrocco used the cash for travel, expensive meals in Florida, spa visits and yacht club expenses, according to an indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors.

Marrocco, 71, was Macomb County public works commissioner for more than 20 years. He lost re-election in 2016.

“The two decades of alleged extortion by Mr. Marrocco show an obscene abuse of power and a grave betrayal of the trust of the citizens of Macomb County,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said.