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Detroit's Former Chief Guilty of Embezzling
Former Detroit Police Chief William Hart has been found guilty of stealing nearly $2.6 million from a special "Secret Service Fund" that was meant to fund undercover operations. A federal jury convicted the former chief of two counts of embezzlement and two counts of tax evasion.
Hart, who had been allowed to remain on the city's payroll pending the outcome of his trial, resigned one day after his conviction. He is to be sentenced on August 4. U.S. Attorney Stephen Markman said Hart probably faces a prison term of about five years.
The case also included testimony by three women who said Hart gave them thousands of dollars and expensive gifts, as well as testimony about a bundle of cash falling from the ceiling of Hart's kitchen when the room was being renovated.
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