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Former Police Chief accused of using drug forfeiture money to buy drugs, prostitutes

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced this afternoon that her office has filed charges against former Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre, his wife Sandra Vlaz-St. Andre, and five Romulus detectives (Det. Sargent Richard Balzer, Det. Richard Landy, Det. Donald Hopkins, Det. Jeremy Channells and Det. Larry Droege) for misconduct, corruption, embezzlement, and witness intimidation.

All seven are accused of participating in a scheme to improperly use drug forfeiture funds for personal benefit. Worthy says the allegations include purchasing a Westland tanning salon operated by Vlaz-St. Andre, hiring prostitutes and spending $40,000 on marijuana and alcohol in a one-year period. 

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