- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - 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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