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Guilty plea expected from Detroit City Councilman

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Andre Spivey

A Detroit City Councilman charged with conspiracy to commit bribery is expected to plead guilty this week. It’s the latest move in a federal corruption investigation targeting numerous members of the Detroit City Council.

Federal officials accuse long-time Detroit City Council Member Andre Spivey and a member of his staff of taking more than 35-thousand dollars in bribes, in exchange for his votes.

The government is examining the Council’s role in granting contracts for the city’s lucrative towing operations.

Weeks ago, FBI agents raided the homes and City Hall offices of two other Council members and their chiefs of staff.

Both Council Members, Scott Benson and Janee’ Ayers, are seeking re-election.

In May, a separate bribery indictment involving a land deal and former Detroit City Council Member Gabe Leland was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to a state charge of misconduct in office and resigned.