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Detroit Official Who Owns Church Charged By Feds

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DETROIT (AP) – A city of Detroit buildings official has been charged in a scheme to have the public pay for $10,000 in kitchen equipment at his church.
The FBI says Charlie Golden talked to a city contractor about installing an expensive exhaust and hood over a deep fryer at Perfecting Freedom Church.

Golden is the pastor there as well as Detroit’s assistant superintendent of buildings.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday says Golden told the contractor to hire someone to do the work. The FBI says Golden signed phony city invoices to ensure that the contractor would be paid by taxpayers.

The contractor cooperated with the FBI and secretly recorded his meetings with Golden. Golden is due in court Thursday. No attorney has been assigned yet.

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