State police lieutenant convicted in theft scheme

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Authorities say a Michigan State Police lieutenant has reached a plea deal after being accused of stealing property seized during drug operations and other crimes.

Emmanuel Riopelle pleaded no contest Friday to misconduct in office in Monroe Circuit Court. The Michigan attorney general's office says Riopelle's conviction ends the 44-year-old's law enforcement career and he'll have to forfeit his pension.

A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Riopelle and former Lt. Luke Davis were charged in 2011 with racketeering, embezzlement and misconduct. Also charged in the scheme was Davis' friend Lawrence Dusseau.

Dusseau pleaded guilty to two tax charges and faces sentencing May 30. Davis' trial is scheduled for Monday.

Prosecutors allege the embezzlement occurred between March 2006 and December 2008.

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