U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic just announced some of the charges against Milwaukee alderman Michael McGee (Michael Jackson). The criminal complaint alleges extortion and bribery related to McGee’s duties as alderman.
The investigation began a year ago as business owners complained to the FBI about being asked to give McGee cash in exchange for favorable treatment on licensing matters. There were multiple store owners who complained, and federal and local authorities have been investigating, using undercover and electronic monitoring techniques.
It looks like there are more federal charges and more people to be indicted, but this is all under seal. It also looks like there will be state charges too, but those have not yet been made public.
UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the following with regard to the potential state charges:
Police said this morning that McGee was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Monday. A clerk at the jail today declined to release McGee’s arrest and detention report for the booking saying that all information would be redacted from it.
A mug shot, however, shows that McGee was booked in on felony charges for:
- Substantial battery/intend bodily harm, party to a crime.
- Substantial battery-intend bodily harm.