BAY CITY — Robert Reznick, an ex-police chief of the Village of Oakley and a former Flushing City police officer, is heading to prison for orchestrating an elaborate fraud scheme.
Reznick, 60, was sentenced by a federal judge last Thursday to 366 days behind bars for wire fraud and tax fraud crimes he committed as the Oakley police chief. He has also been ordered to pay $124,000 in fines to the Internal Revenue Service, along with other costs and fines.
According to federal investigators, Reznick ran a complex “pay-for play” scheme with the Village of Oakley’s police reserve unit. He used his position to buy guns and ammunition at a reduced price, then sold the equipment to his reserve officers for a profit. Federal investigators said that most of the weapons and ammunition Reznick obtained were not used for police work.
Reznick also drew controversy for recruiting over 100 reserve officers to his unit, most of whom were not residents of Oakley (which has only 300 residents). Federal prosecutors found that Reznick’s volunteer cops gave donations to the village and in turn received perks such as badges and enhanced concealed weapons permits.
Reznick pled guilty to wire fraud and tax fraud charges back in March. He has 30 days to turn himself in to a federal prison to begin his sentence.
Prior to his tenure in Oakley, Reznick worked for a numerous police departments and agencies in Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer and Huron counties. He also worked for the Flushing City Police Department in the 1980s and left the force in 1988 following an investigation by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office into his certification as a police officer, according to an article by the Detroit Free Press. — B.G.