The case against Southfield, Michigan City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins, a registered Democrat, will move to Oakland County Circuit Court. Hawkins was arrested and charged with six felonies stemming from the Nov. 6, 2018 election.
The Michigan State Police conducted an investigation, according to officials, and determined that election records had been altered. Hawkins was charged and arraigned in 46th District Court on six felony counts in front of Judge Michelle Friedman Appel. Officials said Hawkins was given a $15,000 personal bond.
Hawkins, who was elected as the Southfield city clerk in 2017, has been charged with:
• Falsifying returns/records, punishable by five years and/or $1,000.
• Forgery of a public record, a 14-year felony.
• Misconduct in office, punishable by five years and/or $10,000.
• Using a computer to commit a crime — election law — falsifying returns/records, punishable by seven years and/or $5,000.
• Using a computer to commit a crime — forgery of a public record, a 10-year felony and/or $10,000.
• Using a computer to commit a crime — misconduct in office, a seven-year felony and/or $5,000.