Posted by: rbmcarriers | August 25, 2008

FBI and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

You have to love the politics and the probing that goes on when a huge project is in the works, and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is not immune.  The transportation industry is keeping a close eye on any news regarding the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.  This border crossing is one of the busiest in North America and the trucking industry is dependent on this particular border crossing.  The FBI are now involved!!

Here is the latest news from Today’s Trucking ………….

FBI investigates Detroit-Windsor tunnel player

A key player in the proposed $75-million Detroit-Windsor tunnel agreement, and a former aide of Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,  is under investigation by the FBI as part of a federal corruption probe.

A friend of the mayor and his former chief administrative officer, Derrick Miller has been named in federal search warrants regarding his business dealings with a pair of Detroit businessmen, The Windsor Star reported today..

Miller was a lead negotiator for Detroit in talks with Windsor on the tunnel and helped establish the framework for the proposed deal — to create a joint tunnel authority.

“We’re shocked. We thought very highly of Derrick Miller,” said lawyer Cliff Sutts, Windsor’s lead negotiator on the tunnel talks.

“I honestly hope there is nothing inappropriate in his conduct that will cause him any future problem.”

Mayor Eddie Francis agreed, describing Miller as a key advocate on the other side of the border for keeping the tunnel under public control.

“He was a leader of that camp,” Francis said. “His advocacy was part of the reason that instead of selling the tunnel (to the private sector) they started looking at keeping it in public hands.”

Miller left working for the City of Detroit in November to start his own consulting company, Citivest Capital Partners, but continued to play a role in the tunnel talks until the end of 2007.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported on Wednesday that court records revealed Miller is facing scrutiny in the escalating federal investigation into the city’s financial dealings.

Raids were carried out in Detroit and Ann Arbor on July 14, as federal agents searche for documents showing the relationship between Miller, his consulting firm’s business partner, Bonita Powell, Ann Arbor businessman Andrew Park and Detroit designer Dominic Pangborn, the Free Press reported, citing court records.
The court records were said to indicate that agents were looking for laptops and documents related to a security contract with a company owned by Park and into money the city’s General Retirement System provided for the a failed restaurant and retail center venture, called Asian Village.

David DuMouchel, Miller’s lawyer, told the Free Press earlier his client has done nothing wrong.

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