Report: Federal Agents Probing Detroit Talker Over Payments From Politicians
June 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM (PT)
The DETROIT NEWS reports that RADIO ONE Talk WCHB-A/DETROIT host MILDRED GADDIS is being probed by federal agents over $75,000 in payments to a company she owns by firms affiliated with two former frequent guests who have been indicted for siphoning public funds.
ROBERT DAVIS, a member of the HIGHLAND PARK, MI school board, and MICHAEL GRUNDY, former WAYNE COUNTY Assistant Executive, were recently separately indicted, and the paper reports that GADDIS' EXCEL MEDIA was paid $45,000 in 2008 and 2009 by GRUNDY's WAYNE COUNTY HEALTHCHOICE, with invoices showing the payments being for advertisements and "interviews" on WCHB and independent WADL-TV, where GADDIS hosted a show as well. In addition, the paper reports that court records show GADDIS' EXCEL got $30,000 from DAVIS' ZENECO, which the prosecution says DAVIS used to bill the school board with phony invoices.
A spokesman for GADDIS, GREG BOWENS, denied that the payments bought favorable treatment for DAVIS or for GRINDY's former supervisor, County Executive ROBERT FICANO. GADDIS has previously encountered controversy over allegations of charging candidates for interviews on her WADL-TV show, which led to the station dropping her from its schedule (NET NEWS 7/6/2009).