Former Wayne County Commissioner Moe Blackwell charged with federal tax crime and bank fraud
5:35 PM, May 14, 2013
(WXYZ) - Former Wayne County Commissioner Moe Blackwell was charged with a federal tax crime and bank fraud today.
Court records say Blackwell failed to report about $102,000 to the IRS in 2008, and provided false information when applying for a bank loan in 2004.
IRS agents searched his home earlier this year for about three hours and left with about 20 boxes.
Moe's attorney Ben Gonek tells 7 Action News, "The crime charged occurred nearly nine years ago when Moe was a very young man.
Moe will be accepting responsibility for his actions and is looking forward to getting this embarrassing situation behind him. "
Moe Blackwell was not only a Wayne County Commissioner, but a businessman. He has had some bars and restaurants. He also has worked as a concert promoter.
His father is Arthur Blackwell, the former Highland Park Emergency Manager. Arthur Blackwell was accused of improperly paying himself $264-thousand when he was the Emergency Financial Manager.
Earlier this year he pleaded no contest to a two-year misdemeanor after initially being charged with embezzlement.