A former prosecutor in Detroit could spend six months to a year in prison for using interns to compile a political database. The Detroit News said Wade McCann, 43, McCann, 43, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of stealing government property. McCann was accused of improperly using a federal grant to secretly build a database of Democratic Party donors. The interns performed an estimated 758 hours of political work while on the county's payroll. The list was allegedly used for a Democratic Party fund-raiser Sept. 12, 2002, that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The plea is the latest action in the government's 2 1/2-year investigation into the administration of former Wayne County Executive Edward H. McNamara, which has so far resulted in one guilty plea and one indictment.