Ex-Detroit police deputy chief indicted for bribery in towing scandal


The federal investigation into public corruption in Macomb County has crossed into Wayne County.

The Detroit Police Department normally investigates crimes and Friday it learned it may have been a crime victim as its' former legal advisor was indicted

"It is deeply troubling and certainly significant betrayal to this organization, this department and this city," Chief James Craig said.

Celia Washington was charged with two bribery accounts saying she took $3,000 to help a towing working operator get more work than allowed.

"If it is true, certainly it is extremely troubling," Craig said. "And I view it and I can speak for our team, certainly a show of betrayal to the men and women of the Detroit Police Department, my office where she worked and the citizens of the city."

Federal investigators say Washington conspired between Feb. of 2016 and last June. That is when FOX 2 reported Washington resigned from the department. She would not say why, but now she said it is untrue.

"I didn't bend any rules," she says. "I didn't change anything because I didn't have the power to."

Washington's role also made her a deputy chief. She was well-liked in the department. At least one opinion of her has changed since then.

"We are certainly deeply troubled," Craig said.

Towing for the department can be lucrative, annually the towers rake in $2 million.

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