Detroit Businessman Sentenced Over Marijuana Board Bribery Scheme

September 14th, 2023 Legal & Crime
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In a recent federal case, a Detroit businessman, John Dalaly, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for bribing the former head of Michigan's marijuana licensing board.

Dalaly, 71, admitted to offering Rick Johnson, the board's chairman, at least $68,200 in cash and other incentives, including two private flights to Canada. Johnson played a pivotal role on the marijuana board, overseeing the review and approval of applications to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana. He held this position for two years until the board was dissolved in 2019.

Notably, Dalaly was an investor in a company that was in the process of securing a license from the board. As part of his strategy to gain an advantage, he made payments over several months to Johnson's wife, purportedly for assistance with the licensing application.

U.S. District Judge Jane Beckering was responsible for handing down Dalaly's sentence.

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