Ex-Pontiac fire chief charged with bribe-taking

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PONTIAC (AP) -- Ex-Pontiac fire Chief Jeffrey Hawkins has been charged with bribery, accused of taking payment from a bar owner in exchange for ignoring code violations.

Jeffrey Hawkins appeared Tuesday before District Judge Michael Martinez, who released him on a $5,000 personal bond. Hawkins' next court date is Nov. 22.

Hawkins retired last year after 22 years with the fire department, including 11 as chief.

Defense lawyer Elbert Hatchett says the case is "very unusual" because the FBI investigated and then turned its findings over to the state for prosecution.

Hawkins is accused of accepting a $500 cash payment from the bar owner in 2009 and later taking $500 from an undercover FBI investigator.

Published: Thu, Nov 17, 2011

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