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Tue November 15, 2011
Michigan AG files corruption charges against former Pontiac fire chief
The Michigan Attorney General’s office has filed more than 100 charges related to corruption of state and city officials since January.
Adding to that list is a former fire chief from Pontiac who was charged today by Attorney General Bill Schuette with racketeering and bribery.
John Sellek is a spokesman for the attorney general. He said the fire chief solicited bribes from the owner of a bar.
“Walked into a bar and said ‘I will look the other way on fire code violations if you pay me $1000.’ It’s been going on for a long time in the world, it’s nothing new, but it’s something we’re going to do our best to put a stop to,” Sellek said.
Sellek said Schuette formed a public corruption unit at the beginning of the year to tackle corruption cases.
“We want to put a focus on the entire state, all 83 counties,” said Sellek. “We want people who hold positions of public trust to be very clear what they’re job is, what their ethics are, and what their moral responsibilities are, before they make a decision like this.”
Sellek said the Attorney General’s office hopes focusing on corruption will act as a deterrent for public officials.