LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — A man is accused of making false claims to Michigan State Police.
In February 2021, MSP executed search warrants at Thomas VanDuynen’s home and a barn he rented for his business in Alpena.
According to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, two days after the searches, VanDuynen began demanding the return of his property and then filed suit against MSP.
In the demands and lawsuits, the 70-year-old man accused the military of stealing money and hydrocodone pills.
In addition, VanDuynen said MSP forged signatures on search warrants used to search his property.
VanDuynen reported his allegations to the MSP’s professional standards unit, and a criminal investigation was launched in June 2021.
The Michigan attorney general closed the investigation against the officers in January 2022.
VanDuynen is accused of the following.
- Three false reports of a felony, four years felony
- One count of making a false statement to a police officer, a two-year high misdemeanor
- One count of using a computer to commit a felony, a seven-year felony
“Law enforcement officers fulfilling their duty to serve and protect deserve vigorous defense against false accusations,” Nessel said. “I take allegations of misconduct seriously and am committed to thoroughly investigating such allegations to ensure public confidence. In this case, the Michigan State Police were falsely accused and the perpetrator will be held accountable.”
VanDuinen’s preliminary hearing was held Nov. 21 in 88th District Court in Alpena.
After six witnesses appeared at a preliminary hearing, Judge Alan Curtis bound VanDuynen over to the 26th District Court on all charges.
A court date has not yet been set for Van Duynen.