Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mike Mitchell Arrested By FBI, WMP Vindicated: More Arrests Coming In Plymouth Township?

Mike Mitchell, left, with Attorney General Bill Schuette, right (DarKen Photography)

By Brandon Hall
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WMP broke the story weeks ago: Mike Mitchell was facing imminent arrest after being busted with a garage full of Plymouth Township items, including a John Deere "gator" cart.

The haters came out in full force: it's BS, fake news from Brandon Hall, they said. The circlederping was in full force! Whatever, go to hell.

Of course, as usual, WMP's law enforcement sources were solid, and Mitchell was indeed arrested a week and a half ago. Every WMP story is backed with solid sources.

According to Hometown Life:

"Mike Mitchell, former director of parks and grants in Plymouth Township, has been caught up in a federal corruption investigation.

The Department of Justice, along with the FBI and township Police Chief Tom Tiderington, announced Wednesday a federal theft charge against Mitchell, 49, who now lives in Rockford, Ill.

Mitchell, whose township job was created shortly after Shannon Price was appointed township supervisor in 2015, is accused of taking a John Deere utility vehicle, a commercial lawn mower and other equipment that belonged to the township.

The charge he faces is formally called theft from a government receiving federal assistance and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

“When public officials use their jobs to steal from taxpayers, their theft isn’t just measured in dollars — it is measured by the damage caused by robbing the public of honest government. We will stand up and fight this corruption at all levels,” U.S. Attorney Michael Schneider said in a justice department press release."

Now the question is, what's next? Are more charges coming to Plymouth Township?

"The federal charges filed last week against former Plymouth Township Director of Parks and Grants Mike Mitchell may be the first of several indictments as a result of an ongoing corruption investigation," according to the Plymouth Voice."

Stay tuned!


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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  1. Does it strike anyone else as odd that the Feds's need to step in to do something that the state can easily do on its own?

    Or, let me put this another way: Where was Bill Schuette when sticky fingers here was walking away with all of this?

    "Republicans" running interference for other "republicans" doesn't exactly help to enhance the brand image.

  2. Being arrested and put in jail isn't fun, right? ;)