Milwaukee County supervisor headed to trial in bribery case

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Milwaukee County supervisor headed to trial in bribery case

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Feb 20, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 20, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee County Supervisor is headed to trial on accusations that he took bribes in return for promoting a county contract for a vendor.

A court commissioner made that ruling during Supervisor Johnny Thomas' hearing at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

During Monday's hearing, three investigators claimed that they worked directly with Thomas during an alleged undercover sting.

He faces accusations that he took a $500 bribe to place a bid for a county contract on the finance committee's agenda.

Thomas' defense team argued that he never asked for the $500, and insinuated that the sting was a set-up.

Officials have stripped Thomas of his County Board committee assignments and suspended his campaign for comptroller while he fights bribery charges.

"Supervisor Thomas contests the charges and takes  the accusation very seriously," said his attorney, Craig Mastantuono.

According to the criminal complaint, Thomas admitted to investigators that he took the money, but claims he planned on returning it.

County Supervisor Lynne DeBruin served with Thomas on the Finance Committee.

"The whole situation has been a major shock to all members of the board," said DeBruin.  "We did not expect Thomas to be involved in something like that."