State elevator inspector charged with fraud

Mug shot of Werner Noll.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man who inspected elevators for the state of Michigan has been charged with fraud.

The attorney general’s office filed fraud charges against Werner Noll, 63, on Thursday following an investigation into his alleged golfing activity and use of a state vehicle for private use while on the taxpayer’s dime.

An attorney general investigation revealed that Noll allegedly used state time for personal activities in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for a total of 84 days and a cost to taxpayers of more than $8,000.

“At all levels of government, taxpayers deserve honesty and accountability from those who work on their behalf,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette. “Scam artists who aim to take advantage of state resources will face justice.”

Noll is facing three counts of false pretenses, a felony, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.

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