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Former Hazel Park Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement and Misconduct in Office
October 26, 2021
LANSING - The former treasurer for Hazel Park is charged in connection to embezzling cash payments from city residents, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. The case resulted from a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Detroit-Area Public Corruption Task Force investigation.
Jo Ann Hubbs, formerly Hubbs-Reeves, is charged with the following in Oakland County's 43rd District Court:
- one count of embezzlement by a public official or agent, $50 or more, a ten-year felony;
- one count of official misconduct in office, a common-law five-year felony; and
- one count of embezzlement by an employee or agent, $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a five-year felony.
Arraignment has been set for this Thursday, Oct. 28 at 10:15 a.m. in 43rd District Court.
Hubbs was terminated as Hazel Park Treasurer in July 2018 following the discovery that Hubbs used two checks meant for resident property taxes - totaling $4,656.98 - to pay personal expenses.
"I appreciate the work the FBI completed to present this investigation to my office. We will continue to partner with the bureau on this case," Nessel said.
"The FBI is committed to working with our state and local partners to protect the integrity of city government and to take strong action against those who seek to personally benefit by corrupting their elected positions," Timothy Waters said, who is the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Detroit Division.
The FBI referred the case to the Department of Attorney General in August for consideration. The case was referred to the Department, rather than to be charged locally, because the Department is part of the task force.