- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) - Ingham County’s former information technology chief will avoid jail time under a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

The Lansing State Journal reports (https://on.lsj.com/1NseRtJ ) Michael Ashton was fired in October after emails linked him to alleged improprieties involving free sports tickets, junkets and gifts from technology companies doing business or hoping to do business with the county.

He was charged with a county purchasing agent violation, a felony. He pleaded no contest last month in 66th District Court to willful neglect of duty by a public officer, a misdemeanor charge.

Defense attorney Richard Kraus says there was nothing fraudulent or improper.

The judge took the no contest plea under advisement. The neglect of duty charge will be dropped in 12 months if Ashton pays fines and has no further criminal violations.


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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