corruption http://michiganradio.org en 1-person grand jury to look at Wayne County jail project http://michiganradio.org/post/1-person-grand-jury-look-wayne-county-jail-project <p>DETROIT (AP) - A one-person grand jury has been convened to investigate whether any criminal activity is involved in the over-budget Wayne County Jail project.<br><br>County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny on Wednesday also banned the release of an auditor general's investigation of the construction project.<br><br>Kenny's order came after a petition filed by Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Among other things, the petition says Worthy's investigation will focus on neglect of duty, conspiracy, fraud and misconduct.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press 14495 at http://michiganradio.org 1-person grand jury to look at Wayne County jail project Two real cops arrested in Detroit "police impersonation" armed robbery http://michiganradio.org/post/two-real-cops-arrested-detroit-police-impersonation-armed-robbery <p>Two police officers now find themselves on the other side of the law, accused of armed robbery.</p><p>A 20-year Detroit police sergeant and a colleague from suburban Saint Clair Shores <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/22949343/second-officer-arrested-in-fake-cop-robberies">allegedly used their badges to rob and assault two customers</a> at an east side Detroit gas station earlier this month.</p><p>The men pulled in a black pick-up truck equipped with sirens. Guns drawn and badges visible, they detained, searched and allegedly stole items, including cash, from the victims.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:24:29 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13745 at http://michiganradio.org Two real cops arrested in Detroit "police impersonation" armed robbery Federal prison isn't former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's only concern http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-prison-isnt-former-detroit-mayor-kwame-kilpatricks-only-concern-0 <p>Kwame Kilpatrickā€™s federal racketeering and extortion convictions may mean the former Detroit mayor will not be able to pay the city approximately $850,000 in restitution in another case.</p><p></p><p>Monday, Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on more than 20 counts of racketeering. extortion and other charges.&nbsp;&nbsp; The former mayor faces up to 20 years in federal prison.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In 2008, Kilpatrick agreed to pay a million dollars in restitution as part of a guilty plea to state obstruction of justice charges. He also served time in prison.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:54:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 11637 at http://michiganradio.org Federal prison isn't former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's only concern Mistrial declared in Detroit corruption case http://michiganradio.org/post/mistrial-declared-detroit-corruption-case <p>DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the bid-rigging trial of a Detroit contractor whose business flourished when Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:09:28 +0000 The Associated Press 8042 at http://michiganradio.org Mistrial declared in Detroit corruption case Another former Wayne County official indicted http://michiganradio.org/post/another-former-wayne-county-official-indicted <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; A former high-ranking Wayne County official has been indicted on corruption charges in an investigation of kickbacks tied to a health program.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Michael Grundy is accused of enriching himself by having a contractor inflate invoices and pass him the cash. Grundy was an assistant county executive and director of HealthChoice until he was fired last fall.</span></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 22:52:17 +0000 The Associated Press 6547 at http://michiganradio.org Top Wayne County employee charged with extortion and other charges http://michiganradio.org/post/top-wayne-county-employee-charged-extortion-and-other-charges <p>A top aide to Wayne County executive Robert Ficano is facing federal extortion&nbsp;and bribery charges</p><p>Tahir Kazmi&nbsp;is Wayne County&rsquo;s Chief Information Officer. &nbsp;&nbsp;He&rsquo;s been in that job since 2008, though he is currently on&nbsp;leave.</p><p>Federal prosecutors charged Kazmi this week with pressuring a county vendor to lie to FBI agents investigating possible corruption in Wayne County government.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kazmi also allegedly demanded cash and expensive trips in return for county contracts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:11:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 6240 at http://michiganradio.org Top Wayne County employee charged with extortion and other charges Trial getting under way in mail truck corruption http://michiganradio.org/post/trial-getting-under-way-mail-truck-corruption <p>DETROIT (AP) - A trial is getting under way in Detroit in a corruption case involving the repair of mail trucks.</p><p>Four U.S. Postal Service employees have pleaded guilty, but Greg Gorski of Canton Township is going to trial Monday. He&#39;s accused of accepting cash, sports tickets, a minivan and other payoffs from the owner of Metro Diesel in exchange for sending mail vehicles to the Detroit garage.</p><p>The indictment also accuses Gorski of receiving $500 in monthly gift cards for restaurants and gas stations.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:50:27 +0000 The Associated Press 6106 at http://michiganradio.org Trial getting under way in mail truck corruption Michigan AG files corruption charges against former Pontiac fire chief http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ag-files-corruption-charges-against-former-pontiac-fire-chief <p>The Michigan Attorney General&rsquo;s office has filed more than 100 charges related to corruption of state and city officials since January.</p><p>Adding to that list is a former fire chief from Pontiac who was charged today by Attorney General Bill Schuette with racketeering and bribery.</p><p>John Sellek is a spokesman for the attorney general. He said the fire chief solicited bribes from the owner of a bar.</p><p>&ldquo;Walked into a bar and said &lsquo;I will look the other way on fire code violations if you pay me $1000.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s been going on for a long time in the world, it&rsquo;s nothing new, but it&rsquo;s something we&rsquo;re going to do our best to put a stop to,&rdquo; Sellek said.</p><p>Sellek said Schuette formed a public corruption unit at the beginning of the year to tackle corruption cases.</p><p>&ldquo;We want to put a focus on the entire state, all 83 counties,&rdquo; said Sellek. &ldquo;We want people who hold positions of public trust to be very clear what they&rsquo;re job is, what their ethics are, and what their moral responsibilities are, before they make a decision like this.&rdquo;</p><p>Sellek said the Attorney General&rsquo;s office hopes focusing on corruption will act as a deterrent for public officials. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:25:28 +0000 Laura Weber 5004 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan AG files corruption charges against former Pontiac fire chief Former Detroit City Council President wants to serve the rest of her federal prison sentence at home http://michiganradio.org/post/former-detroit-city-council-president-wants-serve-rest-her-federal-prison-sentence-home <p>The<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110411/NEWS01/110411038/0/BUSINESS06/Prisoner-Monica-Conyers-asks-judge-let-her-do-time-home?odyssey=nav%7Chead"> Detroit Free Press </a>reports former Detroit City Council president <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Conyers">Monica Conyers</a> is asking a federal judge to let her serve the remaining time on her prison term at home.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:07:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 2021 at http://michiganradio.org Former Detroit City Council President wants to serve the rest of her federal prison sentence at home Former bodyguard releases Kwame Kilpatrick "tell-all" book http://michiganradio.org/post/former-bodyguard-releases-kwame-kilpatrick-tell-all-book <p>Walter Harris, Jr. worked as a bodyguard for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for nine years.</p><p>Harris&#39; whistle-blower lawsuit helped lead to the unraveling of&nbsp; the Kilpatrick administration.</p><p>His book about his experiences<span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Badge-Honor-Blowing-Whistle-Bodyguard/dp/1600475604"><em>Badge of Honor: Blowing the Whistle</em></a>, was released Saturday.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:06:18 +0000 Mark Brush 2013 at http://michiganradio.org Former bodyguard releases Kwame Kilpatrick "tell-all" book Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick moving to new prison http://michiganradio.org/post/former-detroit-mayor-kwame-kilpatrick-moving-new-prison <p>Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will soon be moving to a state prison cell.</p><p>A&nbsp;federal judge today approved Kilpatrick&#39;s request to be transferred from a federal lockup in Milan, Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Associated Press reports Kilpatrick was transferred to a facility in Jackson after today&#39;s hearing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span lang="EN">He&#39;s locked up for violating probation in a criminal case that forced him out of city hall in 2008. Kilpatrick has been housed at Milan to be close to his Detroit-area attorneys as he prepares for trial on federal corruption charges. </span></p><p><span lang="EN">But he needs to return to state prison in order to be considered for parole in July. Kilpatrick was in a good mood in court, even joking with TV reporters about the favorite newscast among inmates at Milan.</span> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:38:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 1936 at http://michiganradio.org Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick moving to new prison Charges in Michigan State Police corruption probe http://michiganradio.org/post/charges-michigan-state-police-corruption-probe <p><a href="http://mi.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164--251955--,00.html">Two Michigan State Police lieutenants have been charged with more than 30 counts of corruption</a>. The officers are accused of stealing property during home searches. Authorities say stolen items include televisions, computers, cell phones and drugs.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the officers also worked with a Monroe County civilian to profit off of auctions of seized property.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:17:52 +0000 Laura Weber 1398 at http://michiganradio.org Charges in Michigan State Police corruption probe Michigan Attorney General to take on government corruption http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-take-government-corruption <p>Michigan Attorney General <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Bill Schuette</a> has created a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164--251369--,00.html">Public Integrity Unit</a> aimed at stepping up the fight against corruption in state and local government. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Schuette says in a statement Thursday that corruption scandals have "damaged the public's trust in government" and left Michigan with a questionable national reputation. He says there will be "no more Kwames," a reference to disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.</p><p>Kilpatrick served jail time for lying in court about an affair and now is in prison for violating probation. He and his father also face a sweeping federal indictment that accuses them of taking kickbacks and bribes.</p><p>Schuette says the unit is being created with existing office resources. During last year's campaign, he had said fighting public corruption was important.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:42:24 +0000 Zoe Clark 1248 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General to take on government corruption