DETROIT, September 29, 2021 ~ Verdine Day, the former Detroit Fire Department Union Treasurer, has been charged with embezzling more than $220,000 through bank and wire fraud. She used the money on cruises, flights, hotel rooms, alcohol, furniture and more, according to unsealed federal court documents.
The alleged embezzlements date back to 2015, and extended past her retirement from the position in 2019.
“When union officials have access to this type of resources, sometimes that temptation is too great to pass up,” said 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Chris Renwick to Kevin Dietz during “WJR Late Mornings“. “In this case, she was still withdrawing cash from the union even after she left her post as the treasurer in 2019, so she was still gaining these funds and using these funds improperly even after she left.”
September 28, 2021 ~ Chris Renwick tells Kevin Dietz about the former Detroit Fire Department union worker that was charged with embezzling union funds.
Day is the most recent individual to be charged in a crackdown campaign on corruption, titled “Operation Northern Hook.”
So far the operation has involved Scott Benson and Janeé Ayers, who have been under investigation by the FBI, though neither have been formerly charged. The operation has also led to the charging of Gabe Leland and André Spivey, the latter being found guilty of accepting bribes at a hearing on Tuesday.
Day was released Monday on a $10,000 unsecured bond, following a hearing in federal court. The charges against her could land her up to 30 years in federal prison.