DETROIT (WXYZ) – Sheriff Benny Napoleon is the front-runner to be Detroit’s next mayor and was probably hoping that this would be a quiet summer. Well that all but went out the window when he learned the feds wide-ranging probe into Wayne County now includes his office.
7 Action News has confirmed that the FBI is looking into a lucrative tether contract run out of Napoleon’s department. Tether are used to monitor jail inmates who, often times, the county has no room to house. The contract once belonged to only one vendor: Actron of Lincoln Park. But after taking office, Napoleon’s team put the contract up for bid, splitting it up between four contractors and saving the county money.
The company who Aycock says is receiving most of the county work is called Michigan Tether. It’s owned, in part, by businessman Joe Lentine. He also has ownership in a company called Union Circle…who Chief of Staff Michael Turner’s wife currently works for.
Sheriff Naploeon’s office issued this statement today, saying allegations of pay-to-play are being fueled purely by politics. Today by phone, he said he’s not worried one bit by a federal probe.
“The feds are investigating it. I’m confident at the end of the day that everyone will be clear, there’s no improper relationship, and that nothing was done. I’m confident of that,” Napoleon said.
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