Judge allows ex-Burton cop charged with embezzlement to leave state for flight school

FLINT, MI — A Genesee County judge has changed the bond for a former Burton police officer accused of lying about attending K-9 training so the accused can leave the state for attend flight school.

Wayne A. Newman of Pickney is charged with one count of embezzlement as agent or trustee between $1,000 and $19,999.

Authorities say he did not participate in the training he claims to have taken, taking from the city of Burton an unspecified sum of money between $1,000 and $19,999.

Newman was released on a personal recognizance of $25,000, but with certain stipulations, including that he cannot have drugs or alcohol, own or purchase a gun, or leave the state.

But Newman’s bail was changed last week to allow him to leave the state.

“Defendant is permitted to travel out of state for flight school purposes,” reads an order granting Newman’s bail motion. “All other previous conditions remain.”

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Newman surrendered to police ahead of his March 14 arraignment before Genesee County District Court Judge Jennifer J. Manley.

The felony charge he faces carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 or three times the value of money, depending on the law. highest value.

Genesee County District Attorney David Leyton previously said Newman was a police officer at the time of the allegations and an internal Burton Police Department investigation alleged he claimed to be working when he was not.

Burton Police Chief Brian Ross did not say when the investigation began, but told MLive-The Flint Journal that Newman left a meeting where he was being questioned and resigned.

Newman’s attorney, Scott Bigger, said the allegations against his client began in January when he allegedly submitted scorecards totaling more than $3,100 for training he attended as an officer K -9.

Newman had to complete hours of training with his dog, Axl, Bigger said.

The attorney said authorities believe he did not participate in the training shown on the score sheets he submitted because they knew he would complete his training with a particular K9 training group.

But because Newman’s training with this particular group did not match the hours noted on the time sheets, authorities believe he was being paid for work that was not being performed.

Newman, who spent about six years with the Burton Police Department, is no longer a police officer.

He was about to quit his job with the department when the allegations arose, Bigger said.

Newman is scheduled to undergo a preliminary examination on Wednesday, May 4, before Genesee District Court Judge David J. Goggins.

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