FOX 2 cameras captured Fire Commissioner Fred Wheeler leaving a charming little townhouse in Ann Arbor and driving off in a city issued Crown Victoria. Meanwhile, nobody was home when Charlie LeDuff visited his alleged dummy address in Detroit. The place belongs to his brother Hester Wheeler, former head of the Detroit NAACP.
According to the Detroit City Charter, "A person must be a citizen of the United States, a resident and a qualified and registered voter of Detroit at the time of assuming the duties of, and while holding, any appointive city office."
Maybe that's why Commissioner Wheeler listed the alleged dummy Detroit address when he signed his Oath of Office.
"I noticed manupilation," said Val Jopes.
Jopes, the executive assistant to the past six fire commissioners, typed up that oath for Commissioner Wheeler.
"I typed it on the typewriter in my office, yes," she said.
We asked Jopes where Wheeler lives.
"He lives in Ann Arbor," she responded.
We then asked Jopes whether Wheeler lied on his oath.
"He does that with a nice smile," she replied.
We called the Secretary of State and they told us he's only registered to vote in Ann Arbor and his driver's license says that's where he lives.
It took more than a month, but LeDuff was finally able to pry loose a copy of his Oath of Office document from the city. It reads "Fred D. Wheeler -- Detroit, Michigan".
LeDuff tried asking Commissioner Wheeler about it, but he dodged him.
So, the question is did Wheeler break the law?
"It's perjury. You can't sign an oath that swears to the truth of what you write down, and if he wrote down is not the truth, it doesn't take a genius to figure it out, it's perjury. He's lying," said FOX 2 Legal Analyst Charlie Langton. "The problem really here is that a high ranking city official that says something, writes something under oath that's a lie, he has no credability."
You remember it was Mayor Bing who uncorked the residency issue this year when he offered millions of federal dollars to entice Detroit cops to move back into the city.
"Police officers living in their neighborhoods have the potential to detour crime, increase public safety and imporve relations between the community and our sworn officers," Bing said.
I assume the mayor believes that's going to take more than a mailing address, but how can Mayor Bing expect anyone to move back when he can't get his own executives to live there?
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