The former police chief in a west Michigan hamlet pleaded guilty to pocketing the fees of 699 “salvage vehicle” inspections in the village of Shelby, which has less than 2,000 residents.
Robert Wilson pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of embezzlement and one count of motor vehicle-false certification in 27th Circuit Court, which covers Newaygo and Oceana counties, according to a news release issued Monday by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. Wilson will be sentenced June 5.
A state investigation alleges that when Wilson was village of Shelby police chief, he performed 699 salvage vehicle inspections between December 2013 and November 2015 without turning the fees over to the village. The fees can cost up to $100.
Wilson didn’t tell village government officials that he was collecting inspection fees, the news release said.
The inspections are for vehicles that have been in wrecks or have a part missing. State law requires a specially trained police officer to inspect the vehicle for a “salvage title,” which will allow the vehicle be used again and get license plates.
Wilson was fired as police chief earlier this year as a result of the investigation.