Badges Spur Homeland Security Flap in Michigan

Unaccounted for by administrators, "homeland security" badges being used in area for illegitimate reasons

Nancy Mouradian, Ficano's chief of staff, said that Ficano had sent registered letters to the badge holders to return them and that he had issued a notice on the law enforcement information network advising other police departments to confiscate any they came across.

Evans said he still has never received any accounting for those badges from Ficano.

One such sheriff's badge was produced by the driver of a late-model Corvette in May 2002, when the man drove up to a business while FBI, Detroit Police and other agencies in a narcotics task force were raiding the premises.

The driver of the Corvette was Haidar, who also was wearing a black polo shirt with Wayne County Sheriff's Department and a sheriff's emblem embroidered over the left pocket.

When he was asked by agents to identity himself, Haidar produced a sheriff's badge and ID and said he was "a sheriff." He later told agents he was not an employee of the sheriff's department but that he had been "deputized" by the sheriff because he works with the DARE anti-drug education program.

The FBI confiscated the badge and ID card.

Evans said his department has turned over their information on possible misuse of homeland security badges to the U.S. Attorney's office.