Mayoral nominee speaks out on recent FBI raids in South Bend

NOW: Mayoral nominee speaks out on recent FBI raids in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sean Haas, the Republican candidate running for Mayor of South Bend, is asking for more information to be released on the FBI raid of the South Bend Housing Authority.

He is specifically calling on current Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Democratic candidate James Mueller to shed light on the issue.

On July 31, federal agents with the FBI raided the South Bend Housing Authority on Alonso Watson Drive.

They removed boxes filled with documents, presumably evidence in an investigation.

However, what prompted the raid is unknown.

ABC 57 uncovered allegations involving maintenance and cleaning contracts approved by the Housing Authority – and potentially unlawful use of funds.

Mayor Buttigieg has for the most part remained silent on the matter. He appointed all the board members of the Housing Authority.

"The fact that he distanced himself from this when the FBI did raid the city, I think speaks to poor leadership and a need for change,” Haas said.

Mueller released a statement in response to Haas’ criticism, saying:

"As we wait for more information from the investigation, divisive political rhetoric does nothing to improve conditions for our residents. As Mayor, I will work with the dedicated community members on the Housing Authority Board to continue reform efforts and advance safe, affordable housing options for all of our residents."

The FBI has declined to comment on the raid.

FBI Agents also raided the house of Archie Robinson, who is a contractor hired by the Housing Authority.

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