Former Shelby Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Lansing, MIApril 24, 2017 – Former Village of Shelby Police Chief Robert Wilson has pled guilty to one felony count of Embezzlement $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, and one count of Motor Vehicle-False Certification.

Wilson entered his plea on Friday April 21, 2017 in front of Judge Robert D. Springstead of the 27th Circuit Court, covering Newaygo and Oceana Counties.

Wilson was charged following an investigation into the salvage vehicle inspections he conducted which revealed he was not turning the collected fees over to the Village of Shelby in Oceana County. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5th at 1:30 pm at the 27th Circuit Court.

Case Background

Wilson, who was terminated from his position as Village of Shelby Police Chief as a result of this 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.

Michigan Salvage Titles

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 re-certified by a specially trained police officer and re-titled.


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