Former police chief pleads guilty to fraud, tax charges
Bay City – The former police chief of a central Michigan village has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and filing a false income tax return.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that former Oakley Police Chief Robert Reznick entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Morris in Bay City.
Court records say Reznick used his position as police chief to obtain reduced prices on firearms, ammunition, and other equipment from suppliers, then sold the merchandise to reserve officers for personal profit. Prosecutors say that while the population of Oakley was under 300 people, Reznick recruited and maintained a roster of approximately 120 reserve officers, most of whom lived outside of Oakley.
After federal agents raided Reznick’s home in 2017, Oakley trustees voted not to renew contracts for their part-time, six-person police department.