2 troopers, civilian charged in police embezzlement case
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011
LANSING -- Two State Police
troopers and a Monroe County man were charged Wednesday with embezzling money,
jewelry, drugs and other property seized from criminal suspects through a Monroe
narcotics investigation, said state Attorney General Bill Schuette and State
Police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.
Lt. Luke Davis, 48, of
Monroe and Lt. Emmanuel Riopelle, 42, of Grosse Ile were charged with
racketeering, embezzlement, tax violation, forgery and drug possession. Davis
was hit with 24 counts and Riopelle with 11.
Lawrence Dusseau, 42, of
Monroe County was charged with five counts of embezzlement, racketeering and tax
All three could get up to 20
years in prison and a $100,000 fine on the racketeering charges alone.
The investigation began in
late 2008 when a crime suspect said Davis, who was commander of the State Police
Office of Monroe Narcotics Investigations, stole items from his house.
A search of Davis' home
found the stolen property, including painkilling prescription drugs Vicodin and
Oxycotin, steroids, a wall covered with men's and women's jewelry, 30 designer
purses, 22 cell phones, computers, TVs, motorcycles and a golf cart, Schuette
and Etue said.
The three men are accused of
diverting seized property -- even a 1998 Dodge Durango, a 1986 Oldsmobile
Cutlass 442 and other vehicles -- from public auctions, then sold the stolen
goods and kept the profits. Some items were sold to Dusseau at legitimate
auctions; he resold them and split the profits with Davis, according to the
All three men were arrested
Tuesday night and arraigned Wednesday in 1st District Court in Monroe by the
attorney general's Public Integrity Unit.