Activist pleads guilty in misappropriation of $200,000 as Highland Park school board member

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DETROIT — Detroit-area labor activist Robert Davis has pleaded guilty in a federal case that accused him of misappropriating $200,000 from the financially struggling Highland Park public schools while serving on the school board.

The FBI says that the 34-year-old Davis used position as a board member and president to have checks written to companies he controlled in 2007-2010. It says he had $200,000 redirected to an organization he controlled and used the money for personal expenses.

He made the plea Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow is to sentence him Dec. 9.

The charges carry up to two years in prison for embezzlement and tax fraud.

Davis is known for repeatedly suing Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit officials to stop the use of emergency managers.

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