Wolchek: Judge Powers spending big, taxpayers flip the bill

Wolchek: Judge Powers spending big, taxpayers flip the bill

Posted: Updated:
  • Wolchek: Judge Powers spending big, taxpayers flip the billMore>>

  • Wolchek investigation leads to formal complaint against Judge Dennis Powers

    Wolchek investigation leads to formal complaint against Judge Dennis Powers

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-06-11 03:34:01 GMT
    State investigators are accusing a District Court Judge Dennis Powers of billing taxpayers for golf outings, a luxury condo, racking up phone bills from Aruba, and ignoring death threats made against one of his fellow Judges.
    State investigators are accusing a District Court Judge Dennis Powers of billing taxpayers for golf outings, a luxury condo, racking up phone bills from Aruba, and ignoring death threats made against one of his fellow Judges.
  • Wolchek Investigation: Judge Powers

    Wolchek Investigation: Judge Powers

    Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-06-13 02:33:35 GMT
    You have heard judges call for a short recess. Problem Solver Rob Wolchek found a judge whose recesses are anything but short. The Oakland County judge should have been on the bench. Instead, he was busted on the job.
    You have heard judges call for a short recess. Problem Solver Rob Wolchek found a judge whose recesses are anything but short. The Oakland County judge should have been on the bench. Instead, he was busted on the job.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Judge Dennis Powers is back after the state temporarily appointed him to another district court to alleviate tensions following Fox 2's problem solver investigation earlier this summer.

Watch Rob Wolchek's follow up investigation into Judge Power's questionable expenses.


Judge Julie Nicholson is the chief judge of Oakland County's 52nd courts. She is responsible for maintaining integrity in the courts, and is not happy with Judge Powers after meeting with Rob Wolchek.

Powers has been doing some big spending on the taxpayers dime. Expensing, without Judge Nicholson's approval, things like gas, thousand dollar cell phone bills, and golf outings.

When confronted by Wolchek, Powers said "he is following county policy."

Rob tried to follow up with the judge, but he never called back. His public relations person made it clear that Powers didn't want Rob confronting him in a parking lot again.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's office told Fox 2 that they take the allegations against Judge Powers very seriously.

The investigation into Judge Powers is now in the hands of the State Court Administrator's office, which has already done an audit on the judge.

Among the interesting facts in the report, in 2012 Judge Powers personal mileage expenses made up 55% of the entire courthouse's total. That includes the other judges, clerks, administrators, etc....

Watch Rob's original Investigation into Judge Powers by clicking here.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Michigan man mocked on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal, celebrities files lawsuit

    Michigan man mocked on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal, celebrities files lawsuit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:08:15 GMT
    Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit in Macomb County court today.Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit in Macomb County court today.
    They said they were sorry -- but it's not enough. The local man -- who was mocked for his appearance on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal and other celebrities is now suing.
    They said they were sorry -- but it's not enough. The local man -- who was mocked for his appearance on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal and other celebrities is now suing.
  • Witnesses describe punch that killed soccer ref, say suspect has been violent before

    Witnesses describe punch that killed soccer ref, say suspect has been violent before

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:57:23 GMT
    More details emerged from 16th District Court about what happened on the soccer field the day that referee John Bieniewicz died, allegedly from a punch to the neck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Testimony was heard through the eyes of four witnesses, three players including two on the opposing team, one teammate of Saad and a police officer. According to court testimony, Saad has gotten violent before on the soccer field.Wiping away tears, 36-year-old Saad, facing a judge on second-degree murder ...
    More details emerged from 16th District Court about what happened on the soccer field the day that referee John Bieniewicz died, allegedly from a punch to the neck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Testimony was heard through the eyes of four witnesses, three players including two on the opposing team, one teammate of Saad and a police officer. According to court testimony, Saad has gotten violent before on the soccer field.Wiping away tears, 36-year-old Saad, facing a judge on second-degree murder ...
  • Woman's life changed from side effect of bariatric surgery

    Woman's life changed from side effect of bariatric surgery

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:41:11 GMT
    A metro Detroit woman should be celebrating her tremendous weight loss, but instead is now battling a rare condition that has her regretting her bariatric surgery.
    A metro Detroit woman should be celebrating her tremendous weight loss, but instead is now battling a rare condition that has her regretting her bariatric surgery.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices