The FBI raided offices of the main branch of the Detroit Public Library Tuesday and also raided the home of its chief administrator, removing financial records.
Library representative A.J. Funchess told the Detroit News that FBI agents showed a search warrant, but did not elaborate on the investigation.
“I don’t know how many warrants,” said Funchess, according to Detroit News. “They aren’t really sharing a lot of information right now.”
The investigation is centered on Tim Cromer, the library’s chief administrative officer, for apparently handing out millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to several companies, reported Fox-2 in Detroit.
LaMar Lemmons, president of the Detroit Board of Education and member of the Detroit Library Commission had said that no criminal intent had been determined and, “We’ll see where the investigation goes,” according to Fox-2.
A library official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Detroit Free Press that there has been controversy over misspending on frivolous items, including $1,000 trash cans and $1,000 chairs in the library.
The library is currently mired in a $10 million budget deficit and has been forced to lay off a number of employees.
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