DETROIT (AP) — Federal agents searched the homes of two Detroit City Council members and city offices on Wednesday, Aug. 25, just a few weeks after another official was charged in an alleged bribery scheme.
Agents and state police were seen at the homes of Janeé Ayers and Scott Benson. FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider acknowledged that searches were being conducted at the properties.READ MORE: U Of M Establishes New Sexual Misconduct Policy For Employees, Students
There was no immediate comment from Ayers or Benson, who are running for reelection. Agents were also posted at city hall.
Another council member, Andre Spivey, was recently charged with conspiracy to commit bribery. He has pleaded not guilty but is cooperating with federal authorities.READ MORE: AG Nessel Reissues Consumer Alerts Amid Flooding, Power Outages In Michigan
“I’m shocked,” Merlin Sargent, who lives in Benson’s neighborhood, told The Detroit News. “In my opinion, when you see the FBI, they’ve already been investigating you, and they raid your house looking for the evidence now. That’s how I look at it.”
In May, Gabe Leland quit the council and pleaded guilty to a state charge of accepting a campaign contribution in cash.MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Charged In Non-Fatal Shooting In Detroit
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