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Detroit Public Library's Main Branch raided by the FBI

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By Ronnie Dahl
Fox 2 News Reporter


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, FBI agents walked out of the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch on Woodward Avenue carrying boxes of evidence.  Sources confirmed to Fox 2 the focus of the federal investigation centers around financial records and Tim Cromer, the library's chief administrative officer.

"We have not yet to determine any criminal intent.  We'll see where the investigation goes," said LaMar Lemmons.

He and other members of the library's Board of Commission have raised red flags in the past about how Cromer was handling millions of dollars in no-bid contracts with companies like Cubemation and called for an audit.

"There were some concerns in terms of the accounting and the appearance of impropriety," Lemmons said.

Nobody answered the door at Cromer's West Bloomfield home, which we learned was also raided by agents.

The Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in Michigan, but has been struggling financially.  Branches have been closed and employees laid off in an effort to cut costs.

Tuesday's Detroit Library Commission meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday.  

At this time, no criminal charges have been filed, but the investigation is just beginning.

We're told Cromer is still employed at the library, but did not show up for work on Tuesday.

Library officials are not commenting at this time.

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