Ex-Romulus chief pleads guilty in corruption case

Michael St. Andre could get 20 years in prison for racketeering

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Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre

DETROIT - A former Romulus police chief awaiting trial in July on corruption charges has pleaded guilty to racketeering, embezzlement and misconduct charges.

Michael St. Andre made the pleas Wednesday at a hearing in Wayne County Circuit Court, where he was scheduled to go on trial this summer. 

Judge Michael Hathaway is scheduled to sentence him Oct. 17. The racketeering charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. 

St. Andre's wife Sandra St. Andre received a 7-20-year sentence Feb. 20, and ex-detectives Richard Balzer, Richard Landry and Donald Hopkins face trial Aug. 4 in the case. 

Prosecutors say the chief and detectives used drug forfeiture money to pay for prostitutes, alcohol and marijuana, and to buy a tanning salon for the chief's wife. 

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