FBI raids cash-troubled Detroit Public Library in latest corruption probe

One of the few corners of Detroit government that has not been tainted by corruption in the past few years was the target of an FBI raid this morning.

The dramatic scene unfolded at the main branch of the cash-troubled Detroit Public Library system in Midtown as nine agents with search warrants seized financial records and computer equipment from administrative offices.

The investigation is focused on contracts with outside companies, among other financial transactions, sources told the Motor City Muckraker.

The news comes at a vulnerable time for the library system, where money problems recently have forced the closure of two branches and the layoffs of nearly a quarter of the 365-member staff. Other branches are at risk of closing.

In just the past few years, the FBI has built corruption cases against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the Police Department, Health and Wellness Promotion, Human Services and the school district.

Check back at Motor City Muckraker for more information.

Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist and former city hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Got tips or suggestions? Contact Steve at sneavling@gmail.com. 

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.