ACME TOWNSHIP - Meijer Corporation is responding to a possible criminal investigation that could lead to jail time.
Documents obtained by WZZM 13 News show Meijer paid a Grand Rapids public relations firm $30,000 to organize a recall campaign against the Acme Township board of trustees near Traverse City. The board wanted Meijer to modify plans for a store and gas station.
The recall failed and at a meeting WZZM 13 News attended Tuesday night, the township attorney announced he is sending evidence of possible conspiracy, perjury and campaign law violations to the Prosecutor for investigation. It could result in a $10,000 fine and 3 years in prison for the individuals involved.
“There are potential violations of the campaign finance law, which bars as a felony, corporate expenditures on recall expenditures,” says Acme Township attorney, Chris Bzdok.
A Meijer spokeswoman says they have not been contacted by the prosecutor or state police, and if they are, the corporation will fully co-operate.
Ginny Seyferth, President of Seyferth, Spaulding, Tennyson Public Relations, says they also have not been contacted about their role in the recall campaign and therefore have no comment at this time.
WZZM 13 News will continue to follow this story on air and online.
Phil Dawson & Chris Fleszar