Ex-Detroit Library Official Pleads Guilty In $1.4M Bribery Scheme

Source: Christine MacDonald / The Detroit News

A former top Detroit Public Library official accused of pocketing $1.4 million in kickbacks pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Timothy Cromer, 47, of West Bloomfield Township was the library’s chief administrative and technology officer from 2006 to 2013 until he was fired from the $145,323 a year job. He could be sentenced to up 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

Cromer had been under scrutiny and criticism for years, in part because he oversaw contracts and major projects for the library, whose costs soared. His termination came after being placed on paid leave following a November 2012 FBI raid of his office and home.

Investigators said he received bribes and kickbacks after conspiring with two technology contractors to get library work. James Henley’s Core Consulting & Professional Services received $1.8 million in contracts and the library paid Ricardo Hearn’s company Cubemation nearly $2.8 million.

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