MI conman pleads no contest in tax case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Michigan man has pleaded no contest to charges that he illegally tried to obtain $9.1 million in tax credits from the state.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says Richard Short entered a plea Monday to attempted fraud.

Short was arrested in March 2010 - a day after sharing the stage with then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm as she announced his company would get the tax credits.

Short got the grant after saying the company planned to improve the lives of poor people overseas by using renewable energy to provide electricity, clean drinking water, sanitation and telephone and Internet service.

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