Michigan mayor charged with fraud related to COVID-19 relief grant
A Detroit-area mayor has been charged with fraud connected to an application for a COVID-relief grant.
Monique Owens, 39, of Eastpointe was arraigned Thursday on false pretenses. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.
She was released on a $10,000 bond and has an April 11 court date.
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The Macomb County prosecutor’s office accuses Owens of fraudulently applying for the COVID-19 grant in November 2020 and getting $10,000 the county received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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“Obviously, it’s just an allegation. There’s no proof presented that she did anything wrong,” Owen’s attorney Scott Weinberg said at her arraignment.
Owens was elected in 2019. Her term expires in November.
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Eastpointe is an inner ring suburb just northeast of Detroit. Macomb County received $152 million in late April 2020 through the CARES Act, according to the Detroit Free Press.