Former Shelby police chief charged with embezzlement

Mug shot of Robert Wilson.

SHELBY, Mich. (WOOD) — The former Village of Shelby police chief has been arraigned on six criminal charges.

Robert Wilson, 62, was arraigned on Tuesday in Oceana County on one count of embezzlement of $50,000 or more but less than $100,000, and five counts of filing a false certification. His bond was set at $10,000. He will be back in court on Aug. 22.

Wilson is accused of performing 699 salvage inspections between December 2013 and November 2015 without turning the fees over to the village. He allegedly didn’t tell village officials that he was collecting inspection fees, according to a news release from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

It can cost up to $100 for a police officer to perform an inspection on a salvage vehicle, the release said.

According to the AG’s office, a vehicle with a salvage title can’t drive on public roads until it has been recertified by a state-certified inspector.

Wilson has been a state-certified salvage vehicle inspector since 1995, according to the release.

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