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Nessel charges former House GOP staffers with corruption

Two former senior aides to a Republican state House Speaker are facing a raft of felony corruption charges. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges Thursday.

Robert and Anne Minard worked for then-House Speaker Lee Chatfield, who led the chamber in the 2019-2020 session. The team was known for its prolific fundraising.

Nessel says the allegations include embezzling from not-for-profit and campaign funds, filing a false tax return and conducting a criminal enterprise.

“This was not an accounting error. This was not an oversight. This was, instead, a repeated pattern of illegal activity.”

An attorney for Rob Minard says the couple will fight the charges.

The Democratic attorney general says she expects more charges will be filed. She did not rule out charging Chatfield.