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Lansing Police Bridge Card Investigation

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(WLNS) - From 2011 to 2013 the Lansing Police Department's internal affairs unit began investigating stores for Bridge Card fraud.

But as it turns out those officers are accused of committing the very offense they were investigating.

This actually began way back in 2011.

The USDA tapped Lansing Police to go undercover and investigate Bridge Card fraud.

Stores were selling things like alcohol and tobacco under the table to people with Bridge Cards

They gave LPD 6 cards to use.

In 2013 one person came forward anonymously and said officers were buying cigars, steaks,alcohol and other items for their own personal use on the Bridge Card with tax payer money.

When LPD got word then Chief Teresa Szymanski shut down the program, reassigned the people in charge of it and called on State Police to investigate.

MSP finished their investigation in February and turned it in to the Attorney General.

He decided not to pursue charges against any officers.

Now LPD is doing their own independent investigation.

I spoke with Chief Mike Yankowski about it this afternoon.

He said, "From time to time if one percent of the organization--if they do something that is out of character--it's a surprise. It's disappointing. We're doing a complete, thorough investigation from 2011 to 2013. If our employees are found to have done any wrong doing--they will be held accountable. Anywhere from counseling notation to termination."

As we said Attorney General Bill Schuette did review the State Police investigation into this alleged Bridge Card abuse.

He decided not to press charges.

We reached out to him to find out why.

Here's what we got in response from his spokesman:

"We're not going to be prosecuting cops for eating twinkies after work."

Despite what the AG's office says Lansing Police assure me they are taking this very seriously.

Chief Yankowski says it could take up to two more months to finish this investigation.

Remember they have to go back to 2011 when the Bridge Card operations began.

So it could be a while before the matter is resolved.

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