Robert Davis, Highland Park School Board Member, Faces More Charges From U.S. Attorney's Office

The U.S. Attorney's Office is preparing more charges against a Highland Park school board member indicted last month in a corruption case, according to the Detroit News.

Robert Davis, prior to being charged on April 5, used Michigan's Open Meetings Act to challenge Emergency Manager proceedings in Detroit and Highland Park.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the U.S. Attorney's Office hasn't yet released further details on the new charges.

Davis is already facing 16 charges for allegedly embezzling more than $125,000 from the Highland Park School District in two schemes that took place between 2004 and 2010.

The indictment alleges he submitted $380,000 worth of false advertising invoices on behalf of the district. He is also said to have filed phony invoices for $49,000 in services and expenditures for a Saturday educational program.

In both cases Davis concealed his identity and the fact that he profited from the transactions, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

If convicted on all the charges, Davis could be imprisoned up to 10 years on each count.

Davis' lawsuit against the state charged that financial review boards for the Highland Park School District and the city of Detroit violated Michigan's Open Meetings Act by conducting business in private.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette's ruling resulted in the temporary suspension of Highland Park Schools' Emergency Manager Jack Martin, who is now Detroit's chief financial officer under the city's consent agreement, and forced the state to open its financial review board sessions to the public.

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