POTTERVILLE, MI (WILX) - Former Potterville city manager Wanda Darrow faces two criminal charges after an investigation into misconduct in office.
The Eaton County Prosecutor's Office charged Darrow with one count of accessory after the fact to a felony, as well as one count related to common law offenses. Her son, James Darrow, is also charged. He faces four counts of larceny. Another man, Erik Lager, is charged with three counts of larceny and three counts of uttering and publishing. A warrant is out for his arrest.
Wanda Darrow was removed from Potterville city council last August. City attorney Michael Homier told News 10 at the time that the city discovered roughly 50 unauthorized checks between March and June of that year, totaling over $24,000.
The city's investigation showed that checks were made to Darrow's husband, James Darrow for contract services, which included Dump Your Junk, an annual recycling event.
During the meeting last August, Homier announced that Dump Your Junk’s address listing was Darrow’s home address.
Checks were also made out Darrow’s son Edward as well as Erik and Lukas Lager for contract services.
Current City Manager Aaron Sheridan released the following statement to News 10 Tuesday:
“In mid-2018 ... the City of Potterville conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Wanda Darrow. As a result of that investigation, the City terminated the employment of Ms. Darrow. The City cooperated with a separate investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police concerning the misconduct, which the City understands has resulted in criminal charges being filed against Ms. Darrow and a former part-time employee of the City."
The Darrows turned themselves in, but MSP said that Lager still hasn't done so.
Wanda and James Darrow are expected in court on May 20 for a probable cause hearing.
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