Friday, 23 March 2018 22:21

7 MI Police Officers Charged in Fraudulent Auto Inspection Cases

Written by Julie Mack, MLive.com
Timothy Greene Timothy Greene AG's office


Those charged include Robert Greene, 64, a former Van Buren Township officer, and his two sons: John Greene, 43, a Detroit school public safety officer, and Tim Greene, 42, a Northfield Township police lieutenant.


Also charged:


Elaine Danishevskaya, 39, former Bangor police chief;
Tammy Barnes, 59, a Detroit police officer;
Kevin Waif, 43, a Redford police detective;
Greg Baumgardner, 44, a former Riverview police officer.

At issue is the process for issuing new titles and license plates for vehicles that have been salvaged, such as when a car is totaled by an insurance company.


When salvaged cars are rebuilt and put back on the road, the state requires an inspection by a specially certified officer who needs to check the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) to ensure the vehicle was not rebuilt using stolen parts or that the vehicle itself was not stolen.


Such an inspection costs $100, and only some police departments will do it.


There are 261 police officers in the state certified to do the inspections, said Megan Hawthorne, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.


Some police departments contract with outside officers who have the certification.


For instance, Barnes---who works in Detroit---was doing the inspections for the Bangor Police Department in Van Buren County. Danishevskaya, who was Bangor police chief from December 2014 to July 2015, "knows Barnes and authorized her to conduct inspections," Hawthorne said.


Meanwhile, the Greenes were doing inspections for the Hamburg Township Police Department in Livingston County, and "their cases appear to be connected," Hawthorne said.