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Detroit Public Library Raid: FBI investigating possible fraud over technology contracts, official says

FBI agents carry boxes from the main branch of the Detroit Public Library in Detroit Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012 following a morning raid at the facility. Brandy Baker,AP Photo/Detroit News

FBI agents carry boxes from the main branch of the Detroit Public Library on Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012, following a morning raid at the facility.
Brandy Baker, AP Photo/Detroit News

(CBS/AP) DETROIT - Detroit Public Library officials say the FBI is investigating possible fraud in the awarding of technology contracts.

Agents raided the library's main office Tuesday and removed files and computer equipment before the doors opened to the public. The FBI won't comment, but the head of the library commission says agents appear to be interested in contracts to update the computer system.

Joseph Kinloch says an administrator may have awarded the contracts for personal gain. He says the raid had nothing to do with $1,000 trash cans that were purchased during a renovation in 2010.

Nonetheless, Kinloch says that purchase, along with $1,000 chairs, is a good reason for a "total review" of library management.

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