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Taylor stalls release of FBI records in corruption probe, lawyer says

Robert Snell
The Detroit News
Federal agents remove what appears to be a filing cabinet from the office of Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars.

Detroit — Taylor city officials are stalling the release of FBI search warrant records that would reveal new information about an ongoing public corruption investigation, a lawyer said Monday.

Lawyer Andrew Paterson filed an emergency request Monday demanding the city immediately release search warrant records that the FBI left with city officials after a Feb. 19 raid at City Hall, along with copies of subpoenas.

The request comes three days after Wayne County Circuit Judge David Allen ordered the city to release the records.

Paterson accused the city's lawyer of intentionally stalling and failing to release FBI documents that are expected to provide insight into why federal agents are investigating Mayor Rick Sollars for for racketeering, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering.

Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars (center)  greets community leaders before his State of the City address on Wednesday, February 21, 2019 in Taylor, two days after the FBI raided his home and Taylor city hall.

"Defendant's counsel is aware that the release of the requested documents will further reveal the bribery scheme the FBI has accused the mayor...of orchestrating and planning," Paterson wrote.

A hearing on the emergency request will be held Friday, Paterson said.

"The city of Taylor recognizes that the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on Friday. However, the court has not entered an order yet," city spokesman Karl Ziomek wrote in an email to The News on Monday. "Our clerk's office and legal counsel are in the process of working out the details."

FBI agents were spotted leaving Mayor Rick Sollars' home after 2 p.m. carrying boxes and folders and a backpack.

The corruption investigation emerged publicly last month during a series of daylight raids at City Hall, the mayor's home and cottage and the home and business of a city contractor.

There have been no arrests or criminal charges filed but the FBI revealed Friday that agents seized $206,493 from the mayor's home.

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