Former Pinckney police sgt. accused of stealing $20K from mother

A former Pinckney police sergeant is under arrest for embezzlement and the alleged victim is the former cop's own mother.

He was a sergeant on patrol in Pinckney, he was also a chief of police in a neighboring jurisdiction - but he's behind bars now.

Sgt. William Cook, was a sworn officer on the Pinckney Police Department in Livingston County for 16 years. Suddenly, Cook resigned his Pinckney police job in April of 2015.

"In those 16 years he was a member of good standing, and always did a fine job for the village," said Pinckney Police Chief Jeffrey Newton. "When he left suddenly in April it was a surprise to all of us."

Cook was arrested on a warrant, accused of embezzling more than $20,000 from his own mother.  Cook moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, he was arrested there at his new job working in a factory. 

Last spring the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services asked Pinckney's neighboring Hamburg Township Police to investigate Cook's mother's shrinking bank account.

"They authorized a warrant for embezzlement of a vulnerable adult over $20,000 which is a felony," said
Hamburg Police Chief Rick Duffany.

Cook held two police positions in separate jurisdictions as a Pinckney sergeant and as the chief of Unadilla Township Police Department.

"It was an unorthodox way of doing things to be a sergeant in one locale and a part-time chief in another," Newton said. "But for charges like this and a crime of this nature, we cannot help but support that and if it proves to be true, we can only state that whatever happens, he deserves."

Cook will be extradited from Cleveland, Tennessee to Pinkney.

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