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FORMER POLICE LIEUTENANT PLEADS NO CONTEST TO MISCONDUCT CHARGE

WLEW NEWS

Sat, 11 May 2013 14:25:53 EDT

 






A FORMER MICHIGAN STATE POLICE LIEUTENANT HAS BEEN CONVICTED FOR HIS ALLEGED PART IN AN EXTENSIVE SCHEME TO EMBEZZLE PROPERTY AND MONEY SEIZED FROM SUSPECTS.
MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE SAID HIS PUBLIC INTEGRITY UNIT SECURED THE CONVICTION OF 44-YEAR-OLD EMMANUEL RIOPELLE OF GROSSE ISLE. HE PLEADED NO CONTEST TO ONE COUNT OF THE MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE WHICH IS A FIVE YEAR FELONY, WHEN HE APPEARED IN MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT FRIDAY.
UNDER LAW, HIS POLICE OFFICER CERTIFICATION WILL BE PERMANENTLY REVOKED AND HE WILL FORFEIT HIS PENSION.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM SCHUETTE'S OFFICE, RIOPELLE WAS CHARGED IN 2011 FOR COORDINATING AN EXTENSIVE SCHEME TO SYSTEMATICALLY EMBEZZLE PROPERTY AND MONEY SEIZED FROM SUSPECTS FROM MARCH 2006 TO DECEMBER 2008. FORMER MICHIGAN STATE POLICE LIEUTENANT LUKE DAVIS,50, OF MONROE AND 44-YEAR-OLD MONROE COUNTY RESIDENT LAWRENCE DUSSEAU WERE ALSO CHARGED FOR THEIR ALLEGED ROLES IN THE SCHEME. DUSSEAU PLEADED GUILTY IN MARCH TO TITLE JUMPING TO AVOID THE STATE USE TAX. HE IS TO BE SENTENCED MAY 30.
DAVIS TRIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY. THE ALLEGED EMBEZZLEMENT WAS UNCOVERED FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT FROM A SUSPECT WHO CLAIMED DAVIS STOLE PROPERTY FROM HIS HOME. A SUBSEQUENT MSP SEARCH OF DAVIS' HOME REPORTEDLY REVEALED THE STOLEN PROPERTY ALONG WITH A QUANTITY OF OTHER PROPERTY.
THE TWO OFFICERS WERE PLACED ON UNPAID SUSPENSION UPON ISSUANCE OF THE CHARGES.
ACCORDING TO SCHUETTE, DAVIS WITH THE HELP OF RIOPELLE AND DUSSEAU BEGAN DIVERTING SOME PROPERTY FOR HIS OWN USE OR GIVING IT AWAY. DEPARTMENT POLICY CALLS FOR SEIZED PROPERTY TO BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION, PUT TO OFFICIAL USE OR DESTROYED. IT WAS ALSO ALLEGED DAVIS USED DUSSEAU AS A "STRAW BUYER" AT THE AUCTIONS, FALSIFYING RECEIPTS TO SHOW HE HAD PURCHASED THE PROPERTY BUT HE WOULD LATER SELL IT TO A THIRD PARTY AND SPLIT THE PROFITS WITH DAVIS.
MICHIGAN STATE POLICE DIRECTOR COLONEL KRISTE KIBBEY ETUE SAID THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT TOLERATE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR WITHIN ITS RANKS. SHE SAID SHE IS ENCOURAGED THAT PLEAS HAVE BEEN ENTERED BY TWO OF THE THREE       

 

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