Taylor mayor's home, vacation home raided by FBI in possible bribes, kickbacks scheme, sources say

Investigation involves potential bribes, kickbacks related to towing contracts

By Jason Colthorp - Anchor/Reporter, Derick Hutchinson

TAYLOR, Mich. - FBI agents raided the home and vacation home of Taylor Mayor Rick Sollar as part of an investigation into a possible bribery and kickback scheme related to towing contracts, sources told Local 4.

In addition to Sollar's private home in Taylor and City Hall, FBI officials confirmed they searched his vacation home on Silver Lake in Lenawee County's Cement City. The raids took place Tuesday.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation told Local 4 the raids involve bribes and kickbacks related to towing contracts and a possible foreclosure scam.

In 2015, Taylor officials wanted to spruce up neighborhoods by renovating foreclosed homes. It was supposed to be a win-win, as neighborhoods would look better and the city would get houses back on the tax rolls.

The company chosen to do the work was Realty Transition, which was handpicked by Sollars, according to a source in the Taylor City Council.

On Tuesday, the company's offices in Allen Park and the home of business owner Shady Awad were also raided by FBI agents.

Realty Transition originally bought more than 100 foreclosed homes in Taylor and paid the back taxes, a total of about $474,000. After fixing up the homes, the company sold them.

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