Old issue sparks new debate in Bronson

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Bronson continues to be haunted by its past.

The town, since about 10 years ago, has been steadily climbing its way out of a deep hole left by some of the people who were then entrusted with its care.

One-time mayor and council member Jamie Griffin was, in 2004, convicted of one count of grand theft and one count of scheming to defraud after state and local investigators discovered he'd been stealing from town coffers.

Griffin, according to authorities, admitted to stealing $200,000, part of which was meant to pay for expansion to the town's park and for fixing problems at the historic Jackson House. Prosecutors sought to put him away for two years, but a judge reduced his sentence to one year and a day, provided he pay back the $200,000.

Today, Griffin is a free man, and he's running for office again on the town council and can even be seen in the audience at most town meetings.

But some of the council members still have questions about what went down all those years ago.

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