FICANO: We welcome the investigation and we feel like we're going to be exonerated

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Just hours after FBI agents paid a visit to his office downtown at the Guardian Building, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano told reporters agents will find no evidence of wrongdoing.


"It was very professional, the agents came in and served subpoenas for record, like they do in hundreds of other cases," Ficano says. "Everybody knew that there was going to be an investigation, so they severed them. We welcome it. We think that it's going to show that the record is very clear and then we're going to move on with the business of the county."

Three teams of agents were at the Guardian Building to serve subpoenas at three Wayne County departments. Among those received subpoenas were the IT and Personnel departments. The agents also served "Do Not Destroy" orders.

Sources tell Action News that the federal agents are looking into Turkia Mullin's $200,000 severance payment , the non-profit Wayne County Business Development Corporation fund, among other issues.

The Action News Investigators first told you about the non-profit last year and how local companies, some with county contracts, contributed to the fund. It's the same kind of non-profit that tripped up former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The FBI would not comment on the investigation . They would not even confirm that there is an investigation. Confirmation of the investigation came from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette who said Monday the state would not investigate because the FBI was already investigating.

Action News has also confirmed that Ficano has retained prominent criminal attorney Steve Fishman to represent him during the FBI probe.

Ficano says, "I feel that, no matter what happened, we welcome the investigation. We're willing to let them come in and look at everything and it's going to be very clear. We feel like we're going to be exonerated in the whole thing. "

He also says "I know that there is nothing that is going to come out that's going to say that anyone did anything wrong."

Ficano would not comment on what was in the subpoenas.

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