Worthy Charges Seven with Corruption in Romulus PD

The former police chief, his wife and five former detectives with the Romulus Police Department are facing multiple charges in a wide ranging public corruption case.

Former Chief Michael St. Andre, his wife Sandra, and Detectives Richard Balzer, Richard Landry, Donald Hopkins, Jeremy Channels and Larry Droege have been charged by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Prosecutors says the investigation started in late 2008 when an unnamed official inside the Romulus Police Department started to ask questions about various practices. Worthy says the investigation uncovered over five years of alleged misconduct.

“Conducting a criminal enterprise, conspiracy of a criminal enterprise, misconduct in office, state tax evasion, obstruction of justice, bribery & intimation of witnesses, embezzlement by a police official and uttering & publishing.”

Worthy says the allegations center on the misuse of drug forfeiture money. The prosecutor contends that a cover-up took place by several of those charged to conceal the use of the money for personal gain. Worthy says the defendants created a false paper trail, purchased personal and department items with drug money and then charged the City of Romulus for them so the officers could pocket the cash.

The defendants face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.