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State police raid Romulus mayor’s home

Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert

Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert

By F. Carlton Peeples
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert’s home was raided March 25 in what investigators are calling an ongoing investigation of public corruption. The corruption case is said to involve top Romulus city officials and may have connection to other departments.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw released a statement stating that after troopers questioned Lambert, they searched the Mario Ann Court residence. “He has been cooperative with investigators,” Shaw said.

Boxes of items were seized from the home after securing warrants for each item and were being processed. During his State of the City address in January, Mayor Lambert said he would never take voter’s faith for granted. According to his Web site, www.mayorlambert.com, the long-time Romulus resident served in various capacities prior to his 12-year stint as mayor: City Councilman, School Board trustee and police officer, to name a few.

State police have investigated the city before. In September 2011, former Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre, his wife, Sandra St. Andre, and five Romulus police officers were charged as part of a three-year State Police investigation unearthing corruption, including the misuse of drug forfeiture funds.

In September 2012, they were ordered to stand trial. All were arraigned in Romulus’ 34th District Court on a total of 22 counts, including conducting a criminal enterprise and embezzlement.

It is unclear as to what extent, if any, the current scenario may be related to the Romulus Police Department Scandal. The Romulus mayor was scheduled to release a statement explaining his involvement in the current Michigan State Police investigation, but had not released it before this paper went to press.

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