CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The former supervisor of Chesterfield Township is facing federal charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, including demanding and accepting money and other things of value in exchange for official acts as the township supervisor.
Michael Lovelock, 57, of New Baltimore, is charged with four counts of conspiracy and demanding bribes in exchange for corruptly influencing his decisions as a supervisor. Lovelock was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.
The indictment is part of an ongoing investigation into systemic corruption in multiple municipalities in southeast Michigan, primarily Macomb County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Over six years while serving as supervisor, Lovelock allegedly conspired with a representative of a company and accepted bribes on multiple occasions from that company and from an undercover FBI agent. In exchange, Lovelock would vote in favor of a contract for the company, and agreed to put past due amounts owed to the company by township residents on the township tax bills of those residents in order to assist the company in collecting money, authorities said.
Lovelock could face up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the bribery counts and five years for conspiracy.
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