The FBI strikes home in a new public corruption investigation in Metro Detroit

Federal agents on Tuesday raided a home in West Bloomfield Township and arrested two Wayne County employees accused of using taxpayers’ money to buy power supplies worth more than $ 1.7 million, which they later sold for personal gain.

The allegations are contained in an unsealed criminal case against Wayne County Roads Division Manager Kevin Gunn, 64, of West Bloomfield and foreman John Gibson, 54, of Detroit. The alleged scheme involved 596 generators and other power equipment that were never supplied or used by the county.

The alleged scheme started in January 2019 and lasted until August and involved Gunn, who encouraged county suppliers to buy generators, lawn mowers, chainsaws and backpack blowers from the area’s retailers, according to the lawsuit.

The case marks the latest federal investigation into corruption within the Metro Detroit ranks. The search comes amid an ongoing FBI investigation into bribery, extortion and fraud in Detroit City Hall and a decade after a scandal led to at least six convictions and the fall of Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

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