Former Shelby police chief pleads guilty after being charged with Embezzlement

SHELBY, MI – Robert Wilson, the former police chief in the village of Shelby, has plead guilty to embezzlement after he was charged in August of 2016.

Wilson has plead guilty to embezzlement by an agent and a motor vehicle code fault charge.

Michigan Attorney General Bill had charged Robert Wilson, 62-years-old, of Shelby, with one count of embezzlement of $50,000 or more but less than $100,000, and five counts of filing a false certification following an investigation into his conducting salvage vehicle inspections and not turning fees collected over to the Village of Shelby in Oceana County.

Wilson, who was terminated from his position as Village of Shelby Police Chief as a result of the investigation, is alleged to have performed 699 salvage vehicle inspections between December 2013 and November 2015 without turning the fees over to the Village of Shelby. Per Michigan statute, inspections done by Michigan law enforcement officers on salvage vehicles can cost up to $100.

Wilson did not inform government officials in the Village of Shelby that he was collecting inspection fees.

He will be sentenced on June 5th.

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