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3 Detroit police could go down in City Hall corruption probe

October 01, 2021, 8:25 AM

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More Detroit cops are expected to be implicated in a bribery scheme involving the towing industry, just four years after a scandal of the same sort brought down a top department official and a half-dozen officers.

The Detroit News reports:

FBI agents probing corruption within Detroit city government are investigating at least three Detroit Police Department personnel suspected of pocketing bribes from towing industry figures, and federal criminal charges are imminent, three sources told The Detroit News.

The full scope of the investigation is unclear but the group includes at least one lieutenant who is suspected of receiving a free vehicle from a towing industry figure while others are suspected of demanding cash and other benefits for steering work to favored firms, three sources familiar with the investigation said. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation.

It's part of a broader corruption probe looking at two councilmembers and their top aides, who the News has reported are being investigated for whether they personally benefited from campaign contributions or donations to other political groups.

Criminal charges are expected as early as the next week or two, sources said.

Councilmember Andre Spivey was charged with bribery in connection with the investigation earlier this week, admitting he took nearly $37,000 from an informant and agent and promising he would help them out with votes on a towing ordinance and contracts in return.   

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Read more:  The Detroit News


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