LANSING, MI – Former Village of Shelby Police Chief Robert Wilson has been sentenced to five months in the Oceana County Jail for pocketing the salvage vehicle inspection fee over the course of almost two years. He was also placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution to the Village of Shelby.
“This is about accountability and a public official taking advantage of a situation to benefit himself and not his community,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. “Law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding the law, and in this case the law was broken and time will be served.”
Wilson pleaded guilty to one felony count of Embezzlement $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, and one count of Motor Vehicle-False Certification in April 2017. He was originally charged following an investigation in August 2016.
Wilson, who was terminated from his position as Village of Shelby Police Chief as a result of the investigation, 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.