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Michigan State Police raided the office of Dearborn City Clerk Kathleen Buda on Wednesday as part of an embezzlement investigation, officials confirm.

Police served a search warrant at Dearborn City Hall Wednesday morning, said Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” he said, declining further comment.

Dearborn City Attorney Laurie Ellerbrake said police took boxes from the clerk’s office.

“It was a surprise,” Ellerbrake said of the raid. “We cooperated fully, and they executed the search warrant. They took some documents.”

Authorities didn’t disclose who or what was being targeted in their investigation.

“If there is a problem we want to know what it is,” Ellerbrake said. “The voters, residents have a right to have faith in their officials. If it’s not a problem, residents have a right to know that as well.”

Buda continued to handle clerk business on Wednesday, Ellerbrake said.

“It’s business as usual,” she said.

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