GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. — A newspaper has dug up an old high school yearbook to counter claims by a corrupt trash hauler that he was unpopular and shunned as a teen.

The Detroit Free Press says Chuck Rizzo was voted “most attractive” in the class of 1989 at Grosse Pointe North. The newspaper quoted classmates as saying Rizzo seemed like a popular guy.

Rizzo will be sentenced next Monday for bribing suburban public officials and stealing $900,000 from the company, formerly known as Rizzo Environmental Services. Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than six years in prison.

They call Rizzo the “epitome of a ruthless CEO” thirsting for business. But Rizzo’s lawyers say he was manipulated by officials in Macomb County communities. They say he should get less than six years in prison.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com