Fired Hazel Park Treasurer Charged with Embezzling Tax Money

October 26, 2021, 1:44 PM

An ex-Hazel Park treasurer who was fired three years ago has been charged with spending public money on herself, the Michigan Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday.

Jo Ann Hubbs, formerly Hubbs-Reeves, is charged in state court with one count of embezzlement by a public official, one count of official misconduct in office and and one count of embezzlement by an employee or agent. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in 43rd District Court in Hazel Park.

Hubbs was fired in July 2018 after authorities discovered that she allegedly used two checks meant for residential property taxes -- totaling $4,656.98 -- to pay personal expenses.

"I appreciate the work the FBI completed to present this investigation to my office. We will continue to partner with the bureau on this case," Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.

"The FBI is committed to working with our state and local partners to protect the integrity of city government and to take strong action against those who seek to personally benefit by corrupting their elected positions," said Timothy Waters, head of the bureau's Detroit office.

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