FBI Investigating Suburban Detroit Mayor For Bribery, Racketeering

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FBI agents are investigating Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars for racketeering, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering and want to seize his home and vacation chalet, according to new documents obtained Wednesday by The Detroit News.

Documents filed in Wayne and Lenawee counties help explain why FBI agents searched Taylor City Hall last month, part of a series of daylight raids that included stops at Sollars’ home and cottage, and the home and office of a city contractor.

One week after the Feb. 19 raids, prosecutors filed liens against the Downriver politician’s home and his cottage near Cement City. Prosecutors want the approximately $600,000 worth of real estate forfeited to the government upon conviction.

The liens serve as a looming threat against Sollars and reference some of the most severe white-collar crimes prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wire fraud and the racketeering charge are punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.

Read the original article here: detroitnews.com

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