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Officials under investigation for misuse of funds during water crisis

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Two officials are now under investigation and facing charges for the misuse of tech funds during the Flint water crisis.

County Clerk John Gleason believes something illegal is going on. Insisting that $180,000 meant for technology upgrades is being funneled into the general fund.

“I feel that there has been a political slush fund implemented on the backs of our patrons and the Register of Deeds Office and the taxpayers as a whole here in Genesee County."

If the general fund balance is above a certain threshold by a certain date, then all county union employees receive a $500 bonus.

That happened and now Gleason alleges it was all in an effort for political gain to get unions to endorse a particular candidate for re-election, County Commissioner Michael Lynch.

“They could not meet the threshold that triggered this $500 bonus without misspending the tech fund money,” Gleason said.

Politics aside, others say the alleged misuse of tech fund dollars could have dire consequences for homeowners.

“Heaven forbid there's a disaster at your house and you can't come to the Register of Deeds Office to get a copy of your deed to take it to your insurance company or take it to anyone to prove that you are the legal owner of this house,” Larry Mitchell said.

Meanwhile Gleason isn't against employees getting bonuses or raises as long as it's done the right way.

“The tech fund was never intended for union member bonuses. I'm a union guy. I support unions. I belonged to one for 40 years. Yes, if you have a fund balance, if it grows then the employees deserve a fair crack and a contribution out of that bonus. But the bonus should be derived from legal activity,” Gleason said.

TV5 spoke with County Commissioner Michael Lynch over the phone.

He called the lawsuit frivolous, saying Gleason is just trying to harm his re-election campaign.

TV5 also spoke with Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners Jamie Curtis. He said Gleason's claims are in a word “untrue.”

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