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Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Monday a criminal investigation into an allegation of a murder-for-hire plot involving a food service employee in an Upper Peninsula prison.

““Our team is reviewing the evidence and materials in this case and conducting an independent and thorough investigation,” Schuette said in a statement. “We will follow the facts, without fear or favor. If upon conclusion of our investigation we find that legal action is warranted, we will not hesitate to pursue justice.”

The probe was launched following a request from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post into a complaint of solicitation for murder.

State police said a Kinross Correctional Facility inmate complained in July that a food-service worker approached him about arranging to kill an inmate held at another facility. The worker is banned from prison property.

Kinross is in Chippewa County, south of Sault Ste. Marie.

Michigan contracts with Philadelphia-based Aramark for prison food service. Aramark has said it wouldn’t comment on an active police investigation.

Schuette’s office did not release further information about the investigation.

Aramark has been in the news recently for controversies including two Aramark employees who lost their jobs for alleged drug smuggling into state prisons since taking over food service in December.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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