DETROIT (WKZO) -- The former emergency financial manager of Highland Park has pleaded no contest in a case that began over three years ago.
Arthur Blackwell II was originally charged in 2009 with embezzlement after he was accused of improperly paying himself over 250-thousand dollars after agreeing to a salary of one-dollar-per-year as financial manager. Blackwell said he agreed to the one-dollar salary for just the first year and that he and then Governor Granholm agreed he should be paid more
In January 2011, the case was thrown out by a Wayne County Circuit judge, but charges were reinstated by the Court of Appeals last year. Blackwell pleaded no contest to one count of safe keeping of public money, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled to be sentenced April 16th.