Former Wayne County Commissioner Moe Blackwell charged with federal tax crime and bank fraud

(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.

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