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Councilman Spivey to be indicted on bribery charge, attorney says


Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey. - CITY OF DETROIT
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Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey is expected to be indicted in federal court Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe.

Spivey’s attorney Elliot Hall told WXYZ that the indictment was unexpected because the councilman has been cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office “for well over a year now to try to resolve this issue.”

Hall said the allegations stem from campaign donations.

“We’re dealing with contributions people made to him that they consider to be a bribe,” Hall said, “but it has nothing to do, nothing to do with any kind of vote or his actions as a public official.”

Spivey, a pastor and Cass Tech grad, is not running for reelection. Since 2009, he has served in District 4, which covers the far-east side.

Spivey would become the second Detroit city councilman to be indicted in the past three years. A grand jury indicted Gabe Leland on bribery charges in October 2018. He was sentenced to probation on June 7, a month after he resigned from office.

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