(WJBK) - A former Michigan State Police trooper is accused of embezzling more than $170,000 in fees. Authorities say Seth Swanson, 31, of Royal Oak pocketed the money during improper salvage vehicle inspections.
Salvage vehicle inspectors are instructed to collect a $100 cash fee that is remitted to the State of Michigan.
It is alleged that between August 2014 and December 2015, Swanson incorrectly filled out the necessary forms that ensure a clean title and pocketed the $100 cash fee from 1,701 vehicle inspections, totaling $170,100.
A salvage title is issued for a vehicle that has become a "distressed vehicle." A vehicle with a salvage title cannot be plated or used on public roads until it is recertified by a specially trained police officer and retitled.
Swanson had been a state-certified salvage vehicle inspector since 2011.
As a result of the investigation, Swanson was suspended without payin February. He then resigned from the state police on Oct. 24, 2016.
The MSP and the Secretary of State will work together to ensure all vehicles involved in this case have a proper salvage vehicle inspection. This may involve directly contacting the registered owners of vehicles improperly inspected to arrange for a new inspection. The process of identifying affected vehicles is ongoing.
Swanson has been charged with embezzlement, and uttering and publishing. He was released on a $10,000 bond and has surrendered his CPL and passport.
Swanson has waived his preliminary exam. His next court date is not yet set.
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