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Mich. AG accuses Detroit inspectors of corruption
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 6 of the 7 inspectors have turned themselves in and all are expected to be arraigned Friday in Detroit's 36th District Court.
He 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.