Right From The Crime Fund

Coffers Motown's erstwhile top cop gets caught with his hand in the till

WHEN THE POLICE CHIEF IN A CITY AS VIOLENCE plagued as Detroit pilfers megabucks from a crime-fighting fund, no judge is likely to be lenient. Last week former police chief William Hart was convicted of stealing $2.6 million dollars from his department, in part to procure lavish gifts for his three mistresses. More money bankrolled a $1,000-a-week lottery habit and renovations on a Candadian vacation cottage. During the TV movie-like trial, an ex-police officer reported seeing $20,000 fall out of a cracked ceiling in Hart's house. The former chief's escapades could land him a 26-year prison sentence.

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