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Clerk accusing board of commissioners of misusing $200,000 in taxpayer money

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Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says his office is filing a lawsuit against the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, accusing them of misusing nearly $200,000 dollars in taxpayer money.

Today, Gleason announced the lawsuit, accusing the county of illegally spending $180,000 dollars earmarked for technology upgrades in the Register of Deeds office.

Gleason says the money was instead used to pay county union employees a $500 “bonus” instead.

Gleason says the money is also being improperly used to pay the salary of some employees.

$5,000 in attorney fees for the lawsuit are being paid for by the Michigan Association of Registers of Deeds.

Gleason says Commissioner Michael Lynch is the “parent chair” of the Clerk’s Office. Gleason claims this falls “solely on his lap” and accuses him of being neglectful and irresponsible.

TV5 reached out to Mike Lynch, who refused an interview with us. But he did say that the lawsuit is “frivolous” and that Gleason announced it today for political reasons. Lynch says Gleason is supporting his opponent in this August’s election, Marty Cousineau, and that making these accusations two weeks prior to the election is a political move hurt Lynch’s campaign.

TV5 also reached out to Jamie Curtis, who serves as the Commissioner’s chairperson. He also refused an interview, but said that the accusations are false and that the County did not misuse any funds earmarked for the tech fund.

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