Feds charge ex-Romulus mayor with wire fraud in corruption crackdown | #phishing | #scams

Detroit — Federal prosecutors Friday charged the former mayor of Romulus with wire fraud for spending more than $15,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses.

LeRoy Burcroff is the latest current or former public official charged during a more than decade-long federal assault on corruption within municipal government and organized labor around Metro Detroit. That crackdown has led to charges against more than 110 people and the convictions of the two past presidents of the United Auto Workers, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and 23 contractors and public officials in Macomb County.

As part of the alleged scheme, Burcroff, now 58, wired a $2,400-plus payment to the Belleville Yacht Club in November 2017 from the “Committee to Elect LeRoy D. Burcroff” checking account, prosecutors alleged.

Councilwoman Kathleen Abdo was saddened to learn about the criminal charge Friday.

“Leroy is a good man and did a good job while he was in office,” she said.

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The alleged scheme involved Burcroff defrauding campaign donors who thought the money would be spent re-electing the Downriver politician, according to prosecutors.

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