The former star of the reality TV show "Survivor" has entered a plea in an alleged Ponzi scheme just days after being convicted on child pornography charges.
Michael Skupin pleaded no-contest Monday to larceny by conversion in Oakland County Circuit Court. As part of the plea, Skupin must pay $30,000 in restitution to the victims. The charge of racketeering was dismissed against Skupin.
Skupin was found guilty by a jury on Friday on four of six counts after less than a day of deliberation.
The child pornography was found on a laptop that the Attorney General's office had confiscated as part of its investigation into an investment scheme.
The Attorney General's Office had his home under surveillance on Dec. 17, 2013.The Attorney General's Office had his home under surveillance on Dec. 17, 2013.
Agents said they watched as Skupin's wife and children left for work and school. Skupin never left and began accessing child porn around 10:00 a.m. He also wrote out e-mails and was on Facebook.
Another expert computer witness said that the Facebook postings started at 12:34 p.m. and they continue to 12:52 p.m. A few minutes later they say Skupin was back accessing child pornography.
At about 2:30 agents entered the home and confiscated the laptop which was located under a pile of clothes in a plastic bin.
Skupin will be sentenced on December 27 for both cases.
Skupin is currently out on a $350,000 cash bond.