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The Democrat political machine in Detroit has taken a blow following an FBI raid on the city hall and the homes of city council members.
On Wednesday, FBI agents reportedly raided the homes of two Detroit City Council members as part of a federal corruption investigation, Fox News reported.
The FBI executed search warrants on the homes of Detroit City Council members Janeé Ayers and Scott Benson, and the offices of the city’s Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.
Detroit News reports that no criminal charges were filed against the individuals and the search warrants remain sealed in court for now.
The raids follow charges against councilman André Spivey some three weeks ago he was charged on a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery for allegedly accepting over $35,000 to be “influenced and rewarded” for votes.
The paper reported:
“The citizens of Detroit have a right to a city government that’s free of corruption,” Timothy Waters, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office, told reporters outside the municipal center after more than a dozen special agents were spotted leaving the building with boxes of evidence.
Detroit City Hall was previously embroiled in a massive scandal with the federal investigation on former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted in 2013 on racketeering conspiracy charges.
In a retrospective, ClickOnDetroit reported in January that Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts.
The jury had deliberated for 14 full days in the corruption trial and announced their verdict that Monday morning. The verdict had been reached the Friday before, but the jury decided to go home and sleep on it over the weekend to see if anyone would change his or her mind by Monday morning.
The jury reached a unanimous decision on 40 of 45 counts. Breaking with typical protocol, the verdict was not read by the jury foreperson. Instead, Judge Nancy Edmunds read the verdicts herself.
Kilpatrick faced 30 counts, but he was found guilty on only 24 counts. There was no consensus on three counts and he was found not guilty on three counts. His former associate, Bobby Ferguson, faced 11 counts and was found guilty on 9 counts, no consensus on one count and not guilty on one count.
Kwame’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, faced four counts and was found guilty on the sole count of subscribing to a false tax return in 2005 — Count 38. He was found not guilty on two counts: attempted extortion and a tax charge.
On Trump’s final night in the White House, he commuted Kilpatrick’s sentence at the request of prominent members of the Detroit community and online influencers.
Over 100 politicians, union bosses, and police officers have been charged with corruption in Michigan’s eastern district in 13 years.
“Clearly, there is a culture of corruption that doesn’t stop at the city line or the county line,” said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School to the Detroit News.
The Detroit News reports that the raid on Ayers’ home comes three years following the emergence of her name in a bribery investigation involving towing company mogul Gasper Fiore.
The case depended on an FBI wiretap affidavit, which was obtained by the publication. Intercepted telephone conversations provided insight into the influence the towing magnate wielded over city council members and other officials and his attempts to manipulate their decisions.
The paper reported:
Among the wiretapped calls from 2016 was an exchange between Fiore and a man identified as Nicholas Primus about secretly funneling money to Ayers to pay for advertising billboards. Federal agents did not list Ayers as a target of the wiretap investigation, and she has not been charged with wrongdoing.
Detroit Mayor Mike Dougan’s office refused to offer comment on the FBI raids when approached by the press.
City Council President Brenda Jones, Benson, and Ayers did not immediately offer comment to Fox News when asked, either.
FBI Detroit Special Agent Tim Waters said the multiple raids conducted this morning were because “The citizens of Detroit have a right to a city government that’s free of corruption,” he said. @detroitnews pic.twitter.com/5BgQtVDt70
— Sarah Rahal (@SarahRahal_) August 25, 2021
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