Former Pontiac councilman facing federal corruption and drug charges

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A former Pontiac City Councilman has been charged with multiple felonies in a federal corruption case that involves at least two other people.

Everett Seay has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery, drug related offenses and aiding and abetting.

He is set to be arraigned in Federal Court on Monday.

According to the US Attorney's office, Seay  and two friends demanded money from a businessman who was interested in setting up a "money handling business in Pontiac.

The US Attorney's office says the man was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Officials say Seay was later told the man was a drug dealer who wanted to establish a business he could use to launder money.

Seay is also accused of helping the businessman transport 16 kilograms of what Seay believed to be cocaine.

Seay's two friends have been identified as Richard Clanagan and Roscoe Johnson. Both men have also been charged in the case.

In a news release United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said, ""Corruption has no place in good government," McQuade said. "Public officials have a duty to serve the citizens, not themselves. When they violate that duty, they should expect to be prosecuted."

Seay faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the bribery charges and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison on the drug charges if he is convicted.

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