Judge issues order to preserve evidence in failed Wayne County Jail project

(WXYZ) - Wayne County officials are on notice not to destroy any evidence about the failed jail project. 

The Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court Criminal Division, the Hon. Timothy Kenny, issued the order today.  Due to the one-man grand jury investigation into the jail project, county officials have been ordered to preserve as evidence records, letters, text messages, emails, notes, bids, budgets, timesheets, and several other items.

Wayne County executive Robert Ficano stopped construction on the $300 million jail back in June, after learning it was projected to be $91 million over budget.

The county's Auditor General investigated the construction project and turned his findings over to Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Now a grand jury is looking into allegations of misconduct, fraud and other potential charges.

Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, Ficano was seen in Lansing with some of his top appointees.  County officials were expected to meet this week with the Governor Rick Snyder's staff to discuss building a regional justice facility at the state's old prison on mound road on Detroit's east side.

View the preservation order below:

Jail order to preserve evidence

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