Schuette announces charges against Detroit building inspectors - New York News

Schuette announces charges against Detroit building inspectors for taking bribes

Posted: Updated:
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced 17 corruption charges against 7 inspectors in Detroit's building department.

Schuette on Thursday announced charges that stem from a lengthy investigation involving local, state and federal authorities. The attorney general says the inspectors are accused of accepting bribes that range from $50 to $3,000 over the course of several years.
 
Schuette says six of the seven inspectors have turned themselves in and all are expected to be arraigned Friday in Detroit's 36th District Court. The accused include:

Eric Miller – Two Charges
One count of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
One count of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

John Jones – Three Charges

One count of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
One count of misconduct in office, a five-year felony
One count of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

Bob Watson – Four Charges
Two counts of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
Two counts of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

Phil Lockhart – Two Charges

One count of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
One count of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

Kenneth Russ – Two Charges
One count of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
One count of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

Moreno Taylor – Two Charges

One count of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
One count of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

Delos Matthews – Two Charges

One count of a public officer accepting a bribe, a ten-year felony
One count of accepting a bribe by an agent or employee, a one-year misdemeanor

Schuette described it as "payola," and accuses the inspectors of "perpetrating a culture of corruption" that risked the "health and safety of Detroit residents."
 
Schuette says the group represents about 10 percent of the department's inspection workforce.

Fox 2's Alexis Wiley attended the press conference and will file a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.

Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff has been following the investigation since a search warrant was issued in July allowing the FBI to pay a visit to the Coleman A. Young Building.  Play the video to get Charlie's assessment of today's news.

Statement from Detroit Mayor Dave Bing:

"When I became Mayor, one of my first priorities was eliminating corruption and restoring integrity and ethics to city government. Today's announcement of bribery allegations issued against seven current or former inspectors in our Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) is another step toward eradicating unethical and illegal behavior.  I want to thank the FBI and State Attorney General's office for their diligence in pursuing these allegations.  However, today's action in no way indicts the thousands of dedicated, city employees who perform their jobs with honesty and integrity daily. Likewise, BSEED continues to be committed to enforcing city codes and protecting the safety, health and welfare of our citizens."
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:16:30 GMT
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
  • Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:46:48 GMT
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
  • Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

    Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:25:19 GMT
    An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
    An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices