Wednesday, January 3, 2018

FBI: We Have Evidence Leading Conyers Replacement+Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon Is Corrupt

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon

By Brandon Hall
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The FBI says it has evidence Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is corrupt, but they don't have enough to bring charges at this time.

The revelation came to light recently after FBI documents were mistakenly released publicly for a brief time.

Napoleon is the leading candidate to replace controversial Congressman John Conyers, who recently resigned after a sexual harassment scandal ended his 60 year political career.

Recent polling shows Napoleon leading the field in the 13th with 26% of the vote, Westland Mayor Bill Weld was 2nd with 16%...

"Looking ahead to who could fill Conyers newly vacant seat in Congress, MIRS also asked the participants who they’d vote for in next fall’s election. The current leader is Sheriff Benny Napoleon of Wayne County with 26 percent of the votes, followed by undecided voters at 17 percent, Westland Mayor Bill Wild at 16 percent and State Senator Coleman Young II at 12 percent."

According to Robert Snell,George Hunter and Christine Ferretti of the Detroit News:

"Several previously undisclosed Metro Detroit public officials and politicians drew scrutiny from federal agents during a public corruption investigation that started in Macomb County and spread to Wayne County and Detroit, according to federal court records obtained by The Detroit News.

The records, for the first time, publicly mention former Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco in a criminal investigation that has led to charges against his former right-hand man, Dino Bucci.

Federal wiretap documents filed in federal court contain a list of “target subjects” that includes several public officials. Among them: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans, two former state representatives and Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland.

FBI agents were investigating conspiracy to distribute marijuana, bribery, extortion and other crimes in connection with Detroit towing mogul Gasper Fiore or others, according to court records obtained by The News. The records included an application to continue wiretapping Fiore’s cellphone.

In one document, FBI Special Agent Robert Beeckman, who helped prosecute former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, describes the ongoing investigation.

“Evidence has been gathered showing that crimes involving corruption have been committed by some of the target subjects, including Tinsley-Talabi, Napoleon and Casab,” the agent wrote. “However, those investigations have been pending for months or years and the evidence so far has not been sufficient to bring federal charges.”

Stay tuned!

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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  1. I don't know where MIRS got their data from, but Conyers has already indicated that he wants his son to run for his old seat.

    What's going to make this race even more interesting is that his great-nephew also wants the seat as well.

    As long as voters in the 13th see a Conyers on the ballot, just like a well-conditioned lab rat going to the feeder bar, they'll select his name on the ballot without even thinking.

    Just watch.