From Former DPD lieutenant charged with running a criminal enterprise

Posted: 02/16/2012

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A former Detroit top cop is charged with drugs, fraud and running a criminal enterprise.

Bill Rice has been hit with 16 criminal charges.
Rice is a former lieutenant who ran the homicide section before his retirement. He was arraigned on these serious criminal charges Wednesday.

His girlfriend Cheryl Sanford was also charged.          
The 16 charges lodged by the Wayne County Prosecutor include mortgage fraud, running a criminal enterprise, and possession of drugs with the intent to deliver.

The mortgage fraud charges involve three homes in Detroit and Taylor.
Rice and Sanford allegedly gave false information to get federal funds for mortgages on the homes.
Rice's Detroit home was raided Wednesday morning. He was with the Detroit Police Department for decades.

Investigators have some heavy muscle in this case. It involves the state police, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.
7 Action News spoke with Rice by phone. He confirmed the raid on his home but says he has been advised by his lawyer not to talk about the case.

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