Wayne County Prosecutor investigates possible crime involving jail project

(WXYZ) - 7 Action News has confirmed that the Wayne County Prosecutor is investigating the Wayne County Consolidated Jail Project.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office would not go into detail, but released the following statement:

"We have received a copy of the Auditor General Willie Mayo's report.  However,  it will not  be released and we will not comment on the contents. We are conducting an investigation regarding the Wayne County Consolidated Jail Project. It is our policy not to comment on an ongoing investigation."

On Tuesday, 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo reported that there were new allegations of wrongdoing with the project.

Sources tell 7 Action News that there are allegations Robert Ficano's administration may have withheld critical information from the Wayne County Commission years ago about the cost of the new jail.

Construction was stopped on the jail in June after the administration announced it was $91 million over its $300 million budget.

The Commission approved the project back in 2010.

Sources tell 7 Action News that withholding this information could have criminal implications.  The FBI is already investigating the jail project and other corruption allegations in Wayne County.

This information came on the eve of the Ficano administration making a major presentation to the Wayne County Commission about what to do with the stalled construction project.

The Deputy County Executive tells 7 Action News he is not aware of anyone withholding information from the Commission, and says he has not been provided any documentation to support these allegations.

He also says the county continues to cooperate fully with the federal probe.

7 Action News attended Wednesday's meeting about the plan for the jail. Wayne County officials recommended moving new jail to the state's Mound Road facility.

If you have a story tip for Heather Catallo please email her: hcatallo@wxyz.com or call 248-827-4473.




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