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Former Romulus mayor charged with wire fraud in campaign finance probe – The News Herald

Former twice-elected Romulus mayor LeRoy Burcroff, 58, faces a federal charge of wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme involving his campaign funds.

Federal prosecutors handed down the indictment on Friday.

Documents allege he spent more than $15,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses.

Lawyer Walter Piszczatowski represents the former mayor.

He was not available for comment.

According to prosecutors, the case against Burcroff dates back to early November 2017.

The charge relates in part to a payment of $2,428 to the Belleville Yacht Club from a Comerica Bank checking account titled “Committee to Elect LeRoy D. Burcroff.”

According to the federal case, Burcroff convinced his supporters to pay him money in an effort to support his campaign efforts.

“In truth and in fact, however, Burcroff used more than $15,000 of the money contributed to his campaign account for his own personal benefit instead of benefiting the campaign,” court documents allege.

The FBI and federal prosecutors began investigating the mayor and his campaign after questions about campaign spending arose years ago.

One of the few expenses in question at the time was a charge of at least $4,500 at his daughter’s wedding in 2013, which was reportedly paid for with campaign funds.

After Burcroff’s first campaign victory, he invited many of those who worked on the campaign to the wedding.

He initially viewed this element of the wedding as an “election victory party”, according to the report, but was advised by a campaign finance expert to cover the full cost.

The mayor returned that amount in September 2020, citing poor optics.

Expenses involving a Jeep Wrangler were also at issue.

Throughout his years as mayor, Burcroff was visible in the community, often seen at school, community, and business events.