US Attorney explains why Michigan leads the US in corruption cases

Devin Scillian speaks with US attorney Matthew Schneider at Mackinac Policy Conference

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan says the state leads the country in corruption cases in recent years.

Matthew Schneider talked with Local 4's Devin Scillian on Wednesday morning at the Mackinac Policy Conference. He is the chief federal law enforcement official in the Eastern District of Michigan. 

Prior to his appointment, Schneider was the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Michigan.

Schneider talked to Scillian about the ongoing battle against corruption in the city of Detroit and in surrounding counties, including Macomb County.

"Every year for the last five years, every state brings about one corruption case per year," Schneider said. "In Michigan, it's 18 cases a year, over the last five years."

Schneider said the higher numbers are a result of a targeted crackdown. "We're rooting it out," Schneider said.

Watch the full interview in the video player above. Get the latest news from the Mackinac Policy Conference here.


About the Authors:

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.

Devin Scillian is equally at home on your television, on your bookshelf, and on your stereo. Devin anchors the evening newscasts for Local 4. Additionally, he moderates Flashpoint, Local 4's Sunday morning news program. He is also a best-selling author of children's books, and an award-winning musician and songwriter.