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FBI Raids City Hall, Homes of Baltimore Mayor in Kickback Investigation

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Federal agents raided Baltimore City Hall and two homes owned by Mayor Catherine Pugh as part of an investigation involving the mayor’s self-published children’s books.

The FBI and IRS executed additional search warrants Thursday, targeting her attorney, a former mayoral aide and the Maryland Center for Adult Training, a nonprofit job training program that the mayor once led, the Associated Press reports.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Pugh received kickbacks from her books using bulk sales.

Hours after the raid, Gov. Larry Hogan and other elected officials called for Pugh to immediately resign.

“Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead,” Hogan declared in a statement. “For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”

FBI Is Investigating Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Over Contracts

cincinnatiBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District over the hiring of outside contractors.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that agents are examining whether money was properly spent on vendors to provide goods and services.

Those contacts have reached as high as $35 million.

“This is highly disturbing,” County Commissioner Chris Monzel said of the FBI investigation. “It calls into question how the city of Cincinnati is operating the Metropolitan Sewer District.”

City Manager Harry Black recently expressed concerns about the contracts.

Chicago’s Departing Internal Watchdog Turned Over Records to FBI

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Another city hall scandal in Chicago?

The FBI last week picked up the computers and files of departing Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn.

Kahn, who served as the council’s internal watchdog, forwarded complaints that are “criminal in nature” to outside agencies, including the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Kahn would not elaborate.

“I don’t know if and when these cases will result in charges,” Khan said. “I simply would like to see them resolved appropriately, and then the public can see what exactly the (office of legislative inspector general) worked on and what the results of those investigations are.”

Kahn’s four-year term ended Monday, and the council has yet to replace him.

It remained unclear Tuesday what the subject of the investigation was.

FBI Investigates Connecticut City to Determine Whether Superstorm Sandy Funds Were Misused

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 8.41.51 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether Milford, Conn., officials misused millions of federal dollars to help clean up the damage from Superstorm Sandy, NBC Connecticut reports. 

Chairman of the Milford Republic Town Committee Paul Beckwith said the FBI Public Corruption Task Force interviewed several city employees.

“They shared with us they had been questioned about funding issues within the City of Milford concerning FEMA grants,” Beckwith said.

Agents are concerned that millions of dollars in federal funds may have been misused.

Bar Fight Tied to FBI Investigation of City Hall Corruption in Allentown, Pa.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s getting a little steamy in Allentown, Pa., where the FBI has opened a city hall investigation.

Now the president of the Leigh Valley Building Trades Council has been charged with attacking a man he believes alerted the FBI to corruption in Allentown, the Morning Call reports. 

James Edward Reilley, 57, was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct following the alleged incident on Sept. 1.

Reilley shut down his political consulting firm on July 2, the day when FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall in search of contracts and other related documents.

The man he allegedly attacked was Brendan Hansbury, the brother-in-law of Mike Fleck, who had served as campaign manager to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

FBI Raids Palm Springs City Hall, Visits Mayor’s House in Corruption Probe

Palm Springs, Calif./Wikipedia

Palm Springs, Calif./Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A corruption investigation prompted the FBI and local authorities to raid Palm Springs City Hall, Calif., and visited the mayor’s home on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. 

The agents shut down city hall, and a Palm Springs attorney said employees cooperating with agents.

The FBI also went to the home of Mayor Steve Pougnet but there was no answer at the door.

“I am happy to cooperate with the inquiry going on at City Hall, just as I have always been fully cooperative and open in all of my many years as an elected official in Palm Springs,” the mayor said in a statement. “I have complete confidence that our City Council, city manager, city attorney and city staff will do everything they can to cooperate by ensuring that this process will be as swift and as thorough as possible.”

The FBI declined to comment on the investigation.

FBI Raids Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania; Many Questions Loom

Allentown, PA

Allentown, PA

A federal grand jury investigation has prompted FBI agents to raid Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania last week, The Morning Call reports. 

Agents spent hours collecting records dating from 2005 to present, said Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown’s solicitor.

“There are a number of things in the search warrant,” Wild said. “It was not terribly specific.”

What remains unclear is target of the investigation.

Some city officials have said they were interviewed by the FBI about city contracts, but they didn’t offer more details.

Businessman Pleads Guilty in Detroit City Hall Probe; Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick Could Be Implicated

James Rosendall/zoominfo photo
James Rosendall/zoominfo photo

In a town on life support, where the poor are getting poorer, and unemployment is far too high, elected officials are apparently finding ways to line their pockets.

BY DAVID ASHENFELTER, JOE SWICKARD, M.L. ELRICK and JIM SCHAEFER
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — An executive for a Texas waste disposal company spent seven years and hundreds of thousands of dollars lavishing cash, campaign contributions, airplane flights and a case of Cristal champagne in an effort to win the support of Detroit city officials for a $1.2-billion sludge disposal contract.
But it took Synagro Technologies executive James Rosendall only 10 minutes to confess his deeds Monday when he pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy in Detroit federal court.
Rosendall, 44, did not publicly identify the members of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s administration, City Council and other city officials who are described, but not named, in the court record laying out Rosendall’s pay-to-play scheme.
But the voluminous allegations surrounding the person identified in court as City Official A appear to point to events, travels and activities that line up with Kilpatrick’s years in elected office.

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