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Billionaire owner of Ambassador Bridge jailed

Matty Maroun’s incarceration is the latest turn in dispute over connecting the bridge to Michigan expressways

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Manuel (Matty) Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge linking Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich., was in jail Thursday morning along with Dan Stamper, Moroun’s chief deputy at the Detroit International Bridge company. According to the Detroit Free Press, the two were jailed for failing to comply with an order requiring the company to complete ramps from the bridge to nearby expressways. Wayne County, Mich. Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards said it was clear the company “does not intend to comply with the court order” to finish work already delayed for over two years. The hold-up stems from a long running dispute between the 84-year-old Maroun’s Detroit International Bridge Company, and the Michigan Department of Transportation, both of which are meant to be completing parts of the project. The company built a ramp that carries traffic past its lucrative duty-free stores and fuel pumps, which MDOT says is not part of the plan.

Detroit Free Press

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