Attorney General Accuses Detroit Inspectors of Corruption

In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy when State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for municipal bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced 17 corruption charges against seven 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 six of the seven 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.

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