Scott Benson hires veteran Detroit lawyer amid FBI corruption probe

Detroit — City Councilman Scott Benson has hired one of the city’s top criminal defense lawyers amid an ongoing corruption investigation into bribery and municipal towing operations.

Benson hired Detroit lawyer Steve Fishman on Friday, two days after FBI agents raided his home and City Hall as part of a broader series of searches that included the home of Councilwoman Janeé Ayers.

Scott Benson

The searches, including raids at the homes of the council members’ chiefs of staff, represent the largest public corruption investigation in the eight years since former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.

Benson has not been charged with wrongdoing and search warrant documents listing probable cause to search the locations remained sealed in court.

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