Former Michigan Public Media Boss Coleman Pleads Not Guilty
April 13, 2006 at 6:19 AM (PT)
Noncommercial WDET/DETROIT GM MICHAEL COLEMAN pleaded not guilty to one count of embezzlement at a preliminary examination WEDNESDAY and will stand trial, reports the DETROIT NEWS.
The accusations of illegally accepting perks arose from allegations of misconduct at COLEMAN's previous job as Deputy Director of MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA in ANN ARBOR. COLEMAN is alleged to have taken free food and drink at an ANN ARBOR bar and had the cost deducted from the bar's underwriting fees. Former MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA employee JEREMY NORDQUIST also pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of embezzlement and conspiracy, while former MPM Development Dir. JUSTIN EBRIGHT pleaded no contest and agreed to pay restitution for the items he received. The court set COLEMAN and NORDQUIST's pre-trial hearing for MAY 18, at which time EBRIGHT will be sentenced.