Former police chief to spend 150-days in jail for embezzlement

A former Oceana County police chief is headed to jail for siphoning money, from official vehicle inspections into his own pocket.

HART, MICH. - Former village of Shelby Police Chief Robert Wilson will spend 150-days in jail after entering a guilty plea to felony embezzlement of between $20,000 and $50,000 and one count of motor vehicle-false certification.

Wilson was sentenced Monday, June 5; it includes restitution to the Village of Shelby in the amount of $70,000. He must also complete three-years probation.

The sentenced was handed down by 27th Circuit Court Judge Robert Springstead in Hart.

Wilson was charged after a lengthy investigation by Michigan State Police and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, involving Wilson keeping fees for salvage vehicle inspections that should have been passed on to the village of Shelby.

Wilson was fired by the village.

According to a press release from Schuette, Wilson performed 699 salvage vehicle inspections between December 2013 and November 2015 without turning the fees over to Shelby.

Wilson did not inform government officials in the village that he was collecting inspection fees.

Salvage titles are issued for a vehicle that has become a "distressed vehicle.” A vehicle with a salvage title cannot be plated or used on public roads until it is recertified by a specially trained police officer and retitled.

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