Township supervisor to be charged with election fraud

By: Jeremy Selweski | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 27, 2013

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Supervisor Janet Dunn will appear in court next month to face allegations that she violated Michigan election laws during her 2012 campaign.

According to officials from the 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights, Dunn is scheduled for an arraignment and pretrial on July 10 before Judge Michael Maceroni. She will be charged with one count of nominating/initiative petitions — false statements/circulation, a 93-day misdemeanor. Dunn previously appeared at the court to fill out some paperwork on June 20, when she was issued a $500 personal bond.

A court official pointed out that it is common for defendants facing misdemeanor charges to appear in district court for a combined arraignment and pretrial, rather than separate proceedings.

When reached by telephone June 26, Dunn opted not to comment on the allegations against her.

According to Lt. Michael Shaw of the Michigan State Police, Dunn is accused of violating a state election law that requires individuals circulating petitions for political candidates to authenticate them with their signature. A police investigation that was launched last fall revealed evidence that Dunn had signed her name to petitions that she did not personally circulate, Shaw said. The case was then turned over to the Macomb County prosecutor’s office.

Shaw indicated that Dunn is being charged at the 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights rather than the one in Shelby Township because Judge Douglas Shepherd recused himself from the case. As a Macomb Township resident, Dunn would ordinarily appear at the Shelby district court.

Shaw stated at press time that he could not currently provide any further details about the investigation. “That information will all come out in court,” he said.