Ex-Michigan Speaker Charged With Embezzlement, Running A Criminal Enterprise

Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield is facing 13 felony charges for financial crimes after Attorney General Dana Nessel said Chatfield and his associates used hundreds of thousands of dollars he fundraised for extravagant personal purchases.

“Our investigation has uncovered evidence that Lee Chatfield used various different schemes to embezzle, steal and convert both private and public monies to fund a lavish lifestyle that a state salary could not possibly afford,” Nessel said during a press conference Tuesday.