Ex-Detroit library official indicted in bribery scheme

May 21, 2013

DETROIT (AP) - The ex-technology chief for Detroit's public libraries and two former business contractors are charged in a $1.4 million bribe and kickback scheme.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the indictments Tuesday.

Forty-six-year-old Timothy Cromer was the library system's chief administrative and technology officer in 2006-13.

The Associated Press left a phone message at his West Bloomfield home Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.

Federal officials say the library system paid out $4 million to two companies for information technology services. They say $1.4 million was returned in kickbacks.

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of money associated with the scheme.

FBI agents raided the library's main office last year, taking files and computer equipment.

The Detroit Library faces continuing financial problems and has closed two branches since 2011.