SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man charged in a public corruption investigation in suburban Detroit has died, two days after his first appearance in court.

Steve Hohensee (HO’-hen-see) was public works superintendent in Macomb County’s Washington Township but lived in Shelby Township. Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil says he died Wednesday of what appeared to be natural causes.

But Coil tells The Detroit News that authorities will take another look to rule out foul play. He says police didn’t know about Hohensee’s role in the FBI investigation. Defense attorney Marty Crandall says Hohensee had significant health issues.

The 61-year-old was charged with accepting $10,000 from an FBI source. A guilty plea was in the works, and he was cooperating with investigators.

Sixteen people have been charged in the Macomb County probe.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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