November 25, 2014

Kimball pleads guilty to misdemeanor public utility fraud

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STANDISH — Dr. Jeffrey Kimball, a Standish chiropractor, pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a public utility less than $500 during an April 23 motion day in 23rd Circuit Court.

The plea accepted by Kimball and the prosecution was a misdemeanor. Originally, Kimball was charged with fraudulent use of a public utility for more than $500, which is a felony.

The city of Standish began pursuing charges against Kimball in December 2013 after an investigation into the water usage at Kimball’s residence revealed an abnormally low amount of usage. A graph presented by City Manager Curt Hillman during the city council’s December meeting showed that no water registered in March except between March 21-17, and April was similar, with water usage only registering from April 22-28.

Kimball agreed to pay $5,000 in restitution as part of the plea agreement, with the amount to be paid by Dec. 1, 2014.

During the April 23 hearing, Kimball told the court that he physically removed the city’s water meter from the pipe running to his residence last year between the months of March and September and used water while it was unattached.

The maximum penalty for fraudulent use of a public utility under $500 is 90 days in jail and/or $500.

Sentencing is to be scheduled at a later date.

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