Blackwell Found Liable Of Paying Himself Too Much

Blackwell Appointed In 2005 To Manager Highland Park's Finances

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - A Wayne County jury convicted former Highland Park Emergency Financial Manager Arthur Blackwell II of one count of fraudulent conversion and one count of breach of fiduciary duty on Tuesday in response to his decision to pay himself $308,000 in salary from the beleaguered city's funds.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Blackwell has since repaid $44,000, but is now liable for the remaining $264,000.

In 2005, he was appointed by then-Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to oversee Highland Park's finances. He was dismissed in 2009.

Blackwell said he told state officials, including Granholm, that he couldn't do the job for just $1 a year and that he reported the payments in quarterly reports.

Separately, criminal charges were filed but dismissed by a judge.

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