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Ex-Pontiac Fire Chief Charged With Accepting Bribes

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PONTIAC (WWJ) – Former Pontiac Fire Chief Jeffrey Hawkins is facing bribery and racketeering charges. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a two year investigation shows Hawkins allegedly took $1,000 in exchange for allowing the Little David’s Island Bar to remain open despite the fact there were fire code violations.

The investigation shows Hawkins allegedly accepted $500 in cash from the bar owner in August 2009, and later accepted an additional $500 from an undercover FBI investigator in April 2010.

He is charged with two counts of Accepting a Bribe as a Public Officer, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, plus disqualification from public office for life; and one count of Conducting Criminal Enterprises (racketeering), a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, plus disqualification from public office for life.

Arrangements are being made for Hawkins to turn himself in to authorities for arraignment.

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