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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

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Moreover, the inspectors were working with individuals and car dealerships from around the state. For instance, the inspections that resulted in charges for Barnes and Danishevskaya all involved dealerships and individuals in metro Detroit, even though the inspections were being done through the Bangor Police Department on the other side of the state. The Greenes also were doing inspections for metro Detroit dealerships, even though they were working out of Hamburg Township.

 

Each of the defendants "conducted hundreds, in some instances thousands, of salvage vehicle inspections," according to the press release from the attorney general's office.

 

The fraud was identified when authorities conducted spot checks to ensure LEIN checks had occurred, and it was discovered the officers had not conducted the searches required by law.

 

"Each of these officers were trained... how to conduct inspections and understood the importance of running LEIN," Hawthorne said.

 

She said it was the first time spot checks were conducted on these individuals, to her knowledge.

 

The investigation also found the defendants did not check the National Insurance Crime Bureau's database of stolen vehicles.

 

Below is a list of a charges against each defendant:

 

• Barnes, a Brownstown resident, 18 counts of uttering and publishing that allegedly occurred between May and August 2015. She was conducting inspections for the Bangor Police Department and her case is in 7th West District Court in South Haven.

 

• Danishevskaya, a Davisburg resident, 25 felony counts of uttering and publishing that allegedly occurred between March and April 2015. She was conducting inspections for the Bangor Police Department and her case is in 7th West District Court in South Haven.