Police obtain search warrant to investigate former Eaton RESA superintendent

(WLNS) – Months after the head of Eaton County Regional Education Service Agency resigned, MSP want “access” to a report about the investigation.

A search warrant has been issued asking for the report, after an audit revealed that half a million dollars was unaccounted for in the RESA budget.

It is a report officials and the community have been asking for since Christine Beardsley accepted a $128,000 buy-out after some “financial irregularities” were discovered.

The report was withheld last summer, despite requests from the public and school officials associated with RESA

“I thought this doesn’t sound right, so I looked at just the public documents that everybody can possibly see and I said this really smells, it doesn’t look right,” Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said.

Michigan State Police told 6 News today:

“We obtained a search warrant for the investigative report and served the warrant last Wednesday. We have not yet received the report and it continues to be an ongoing investigation”.

An initial investigation was opened on November 2 by MSP, and now three months later they will take the next step in the investigative process.

“I was surprised with how long it took but I understand that these things take a lot of investigation,” Senator Jones said.

When State Police conclude the investigation, the findings will be forwarded to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s office.

Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd gave 6 News this statement on the search warrant:

“At this point in time, we are still too early in the investigation to know where it will end up, and what may be uncovered”.

Senator Jones says his hope is that the information uncovered is made public.

“Whatever the outcome, I hope the tax payers know exactly what happened, because they deserve to,” Jones said.

Lloyd said he doesn’t know when his office will make a decision on whether they will issue charges.

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