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Minards Arraigned on Criminal Enterprise, Other Felony Charges

LANSING– Today, Anne and Robert (Rob) Minard were arraigned before the Honorable Lisa L. Babcock in the 54B District Court in East Lansing on multiple felony charges including Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.  Nessel charged the married couple for their alleged role in misappropriating funds from three non-profits and a Political Action Committee tied to former Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.  Both defendants pled not guilty on all counts.

Each defendant was given a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.  They will next appear before the Chief Judge Molly Hennessey Greenwalt in the 54B District Court for a probable cause conference on January 19th and a preliminary examination has been scheduled for January 25th.

They have each been charged as follows:

  • One Count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise; a 20-year felony;
  • One Count of Conspiracy to Conduct a Criminal Enterprise, a 20-year felony;
  • Three Counts of False Pretenses - $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, 5-year felonies;
  • One Count of False Pretenses - $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, a 15-year felony;
  • One Count of Embezzlement - $100,000.00 or more; a 20-year felony, and 
  • One Count of Filing a False Tax Return; a 5-year felony.

Anne Minard has also been charged individually with:

  • Two Counts of Embezzlement - $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 from a non-profit or charitable organization, a 10-year felony; and
  • Two Counts of False Pretenses - $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, each 5-year felonies.

And Rob Minard has been charged individually with one additional count of False Pretenses - $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a 5-year felony.

The affidavits for Anne Minard and Robert Minard are linked here.


Please note: For all criminal proceedings, a criminal charge is merely an allegation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.

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