State - Flint Tether ordered for former police chief

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge gave a break to Flint's former police chief Friday, ordering him to spend six months on home confinement after telling him it was "incredibly stupid" to collect money for a no-show job at his father's security company.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox said sending David Dicks to prison wouldn't serve him or the public.

"You lived an exemplary life. I think this is an isolated incident. ... You're not a threat to the public," the judge said.

Dicks pleaded guilty in October to getting nearly $47,000 from a security company over a two-year period while he was a police officer or was taking classes. His timesheets were phony.

Dicks' father, Richard Dicks, was an owner of the security company and had a contract with a local group that received federal money.

The crime carried a maximum punishment of two years in prison. Dicks' sentencing guidelines called for a possible prison term of six months to 12 months, but the judge had much flexibility.

Cox said Dicks was "truly remorseful" for "some incredibly stupid acts."

Dicks must wear an electronic tether and stay at home for six months with a few exceptions. He also will be on probation for two years.

"I accept full responsibility. ... I've lost everything," Dicks told the judge. "I'm at ground zero. I'm trying to stop the bleeding."

He declined to comment on the sentence, but defense lawyer Frank Manley said it was a fair result.

The fraud investigation also led to charges against Richard Dicks, who formerly served as a "super chief" overseeing Flint's police and fire departments. The charges will be dropped if he stays out of trouble for 18 months.

Published: Tue, Feb 16, 2010