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GBCS board member arraigned on charges in false elector probe, recall petition pending

Amy Facchinello

Amy Facchinello

LANSING — Grand Blanc Board of Education member Amy Facchinello is among 16 defendants who have been arraigned on charges stemming from a false elector investigation following the 2020 presidential election, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.

Facchinello also is the subject of a recall petition currently pending the Election Commission’s approval of the petition language which cites the allegations.

Investigators allege the defendants met Dec. 14, 2020, in the basement of the Michigan Republican Party headquarters and signed their names to multiple certificates stating they were the “duly elected and qualified electors” for president and vice president of the United States for the State of Michigan, Nessel earlier announced.

The documents were delivered to the United States Senate and National Archives “in a coordinated effort to award the state’s electoral votes to the candidate of their choosing,” Nessel has said.

Facchinello, 55, of Grand Blanc, and the others each face single counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, uttering and publishing and conspiracy to commit uttering and publishing, all 14-year felonies; single counts of conspiracy to commit election law forgery, a 5-year felony; and two counts each of forgery, a 14-year felony, and election law forgery, a 5-year felony.

Facchinello appeared Thursday, Aug. 10, for arraignment before Magistrate Laura Millmore in Ingham County 54-A District Court.

All 16 defendants have pleaded not guilty and are free on personal recognizance bonds. All are prohibited from traveling out of state without permission of the court; purchasing or possessing firearms, ammunition or dangerous weapons; and committing any illegal acts.

Facchinello now awaits a Friday, Aug. 18, probable cause conference and a Thursday, Aug. 24, preliminary examination before District Judge Kristen D. Simmons.

Others facing charges are Kathy Berden, 70, who now lives in Tennessee; William “Hank” Choate, 72, of Cement City; Clifford Frost, 75, of Warren; Stanley Grot, 71, of Shelby Township; John Haggard, 82, of Charlevoix; Mari-Ann Henry, 65, of Brighton; Timothy King, 56, of Ypsilanti; Michele Lundgren, 73, of Detroit; Meshawn Maddock, 55, of Milford; James Renner, 76, of Lansing; Mayra Rodriguez, 64, of Grosse Pointe Farms; Rose Rook, 81, of Paw Paw; Marian Sheridan, 69, of West Bloomfield; Ken Thompson, 68, of Orleans; and Kent Vanderwood, 69, of Wyoming. — L.R.