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William Rice, Former Detroit Police Department Homicide Head, Faces Fraud And Drug Counts

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The ex-head of Detroit's homicide squad and his girlfriend stood before a judge in Michigan's 36th District court Monday to see if they would stand trial for mortgage fraud, WXYZ reports.

Former Detroit Police Department Lieutenant William Rice and Cheryl Sanford are now facing a total of 16 charges, which also include running a criminal enterprise, possession of drugs with intent to deliver and giving false information to get federal funds for mortgages. Rice is also accused of perjury while under oath.

In February, the Deed Fraud Unit of the Office of the Wayne County Prosecutor brought charges against the duo, alleging that they ran a criminal enterprise between 2006 to 2011.

“If the allegations prove to be true regarding a former member of the Detroit Police Department (DPD), it is extremely disappointing," Police Chief Ralph Godbee said at the time. "This is not reflective, however, of the many current and former members of DPD who serve and have formerly served this city with great integrity.”

WXYZ reports that Julia Ross, a notary public, testified Monday that she had she had unlawfully back-dated a deed for Rice.

The preliminary hearing will reconvene Wednesday.

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