THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A small-town Michigan police chief has been arrested amid an investigation into his department’s use of thousands of pieces of surplus military equipment, including parachutes and mine detectors.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said Thursday that Thetford Township police Chief Robert Kenny was charged with embezzlement and obstruction of justice. He was arrested Wednesday and jailed briefly before being released on bond.
The Associated Press left a message for Kenny at the township hall. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
He previously denied wrongdoing.
Pickell says the investigation alleges Kenny deposited government money into a personal bank account and gave equipment to friends and family. The sheriff says records show the 2-person police department received about 4,000 pieces of equipment through a federal program with a retail value of $2.7 million.