Man caught in record-setting kickback scheme kills himself

DETROIT (AP) – A judge is defending how she handled the case of a former Detroit-area airport official who killed himself.

James Warner was supposed to report to prison for accepting more than $6 million in kickbacks in a record-setting corruption investigation.

Warner’s body was discovered Friday. He was convicted in 2019 but allowed to remain free while pursuing appeals. Federal Judge Victoria Roberts says Warner had agreed to continue mental health treatment and his doctor had certified he was not a danger to himself.

The government warned the judge in 2019 that Warner might flee or harm himself if granted bond while filing appeals.