Two former high-ranking Riverview Fire Department officials were charged in connection with fraud to falsify time cards over several years, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.

Former Riverview Fire Captain Donald Meyer, 64, and former Fire Lieutenant Scott Brighton, 42, were charged in connection with falsifying their time cards over several years and each collecting over $20,000 in pay they didn't work for.

According to the prosecutor's office, Meyer submitted fraudulent time cards Dec. 20, 2013 through March 3, 2018 for $20,307 in unearned wages. Brighton allegedly submitted time cards for the same period for $27,402 in unearned wages. 

The alleged fraudulent scheme was uncovered during an internal time-card audit conducted by a private firm hired by the City of Riverview, according to the prosecutor's office. The investigation in the case was conducted by the Michigan State Police Department. Meyer and Brighton were fired from the Riverview Fire Department  Aug.23

Meyer and  Brighton were each charged with one count of larceny by false pretenses of $20,000 to $50,000, a 15-year felony. They also were charged each with one count of receiving and concealing stolen property over $20,000, a 10-year felony.

The two were arraigned Friday in 27th District Court and each received a $20,000 personal bond and ordered to have no contact with witnesses in the case.  The men were scheduled for a probable cause conference for Sept. 20. Their preliminary examination is scheduled for Sept. 27. Both hearings will be held at 9 a.m.




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