State police investigate alleged misuse of funds by Jackson sheriff

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The controversy surrounding the Jackson County sheriff intensifies as Michigan State Police reveal Sheriff Steve Rand is under investigation for alleged misappropriation of funds. 

 

Shortly after the sheriff discrimination scandal broke, state police confirmed an investigation into possible criminal activity at the sheriff’s office.

 

And now one month later, MSP Detective Tom DeClercq tells 6 news the investigation concerns alleged misappropriation of funds or financial improprieties by Sheriff Steve Rand.

 

DeClercq wouldn’t comment on who made the allegations or what kind of funds may have been misused.

 

But the detective did say next week he will present the findings to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

 

Schuette will then review the case and decide whether or not to press charges.

 

In a previous interview about the investigation, Sheriff Rand said he did nothing wrong.

 

6 News reached out to him again Thursday and he sent a new statement.

 

“Michigan State Police has our fullest cooperation in this matter. I am looking forward to the results of this investigation being reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office and I am confident they will not find merit in these accusations,” Sheriff Steve Rand said in the statement.  

 

This comes as Sheriff Rand is already under fire.  

    

Last month, a sheriff’s office employee launched a discrimination lawsuit against Rand and released audio recordings of the sheriff making racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.

 

The sheriff apologized but that didn’t stop local leaders from calling for him to resign or be removed from office by the governor.

    

Despite all this controversy, Rand still has no plans to resign.

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