A neighborhood enterprise proprietor has accused the Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace of generating bogus and slanderous accusations versus his firms in an exertion to sever contractual interactions amongst them and the county.
Jacques (Jack) Poli, operator of Rockwood Towing Inc. and Rockwood Auto Pieces, has sued the county as properly as Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough and Detective Sgt. Mike Preadmore, alleging that the sheriff’s business office knowingly fabricated an accusation that a boat and vehicles owned by Poli were stolen as pretext for removing Rockwood Vehicle Elements and Rockwood Towing as county sellers.
Rockwood Auto Parts has been in procedure because 1964, and Rockwood Towing has been in company since 1999.
Rockwood Automobile Elements began supplying auto mend, service and fleet servicing for county-owned automobiles in 2013, which include the sheriff’s office’s fleet of vehicles, becoming the county’s unique auto restore and maintenance service provider in 2018. Rockwood Towing has been the exclusive towing services provider for two of the county’s 6 “zones,” and shared a third with four other towing vendors since the mid-2000s.
“He is (Goodnough) created up some fake accusations he is turned me in excess of to the state for investigation, and it is really all bulls—,” Poli mentioned Monday when reached for remark. “…I did not deserve what is going on. … I imagine the sheriff had this planned months prior to he was even elected.”
The 29-web site lawsuit, which was filed March 25 in the Unites States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleges that Goodnough to begin with expressed a need to switch Rockwood Towing and Rockwood Auto Areas with other sellers for towing and auto maintenance and maintenance services pretty much immediately immediately after he was elected sheriff in January 2021.
That same month, Goodnough allegedly contacted Poli to inquire about a scrap 1980s Stingray Centre Console boat that Poli says he acquired from Monroe County in 2018.
On Jan. 19, Goodnough and Preadmore allegedly demanded to examine Rockwood Car even when informed of Poli’s absence. The lawsuit says the two officers photographed and took information from a number of autos on the residence in the course of what it alleges was an unlawful search.
“Even though inspecting each and every, Rockwood personnel verified the purchase information for every automobile,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendant Goodnough asked about a boat trailer all through the unlawful look for and was suggested that the trailer was saved at Mr. Poli’s personalized residence. Defendant Goodnough followed up various occasions that same working day and the upcoming morning demanding entry to Mr. Poli’s particular home to inspect the boat trailer to assure a new boat getting purchased by the (sheriff’s office) would healthy.
“The demand from customers was mere pretext.”
Poli reportedly consented to Goodnough’s inspection of the trailer, but the lawsuit alleges that the sheriff and Preadmore “unlawfully expanded their search to the entirety of (Poli’s) home which include using photographs of the scrap 1980s Stingray boat.”
“Defendant Goodnough and Detective Preadmore under no circumstances measured or even looked at the boat trailer,” the match carries on. “Defendant Goodnough was knowledgeable the Stingray boat was bought by Plaintiffs from Monroe County immediately after it was declared unfit for use and outlined for community auction for each MCSD’s Purchasing Policy. Defendant Goodnough nonetheless falsely mentioned to (sheriff’s office deputies) like Detective Preadmore that the Stingray boat was stolen, inspite of (the sheriff’s place of work) being the file holder of the sale and owning cashed the verify. Defendant Goodnough then contacted the Michigan State Police (MSP) to further more make the bogus and slanderous allegation that Plaintiffs stole the Stingray boat and Ford Crown Victoria automobiles from Monroe County.”
The state law enforcement reportedly opened a criminal investigation against Poli and his companies, but the lawsuit says their investigator was glad with the documentation and titles that Poli presented for purchases of the autos. It goes on to allege that Goodnough employed this “open up investigation” as pretext to take out Poli’s companies from the sheriff’s office’s accepted vendor listing for towing and car restore and routine maintenance providers.
“Plaintiff Rockwood was removed from Location Four, added suppliers ended up added to Areas Five and Six, and Rockwood was stripped from its unique, non-crisis towing of (sheriff’s office) cars, like automobiles and other personal house forfeited in civil conditions,” it reads. “It was then that Defendant Goodnough started steering repair, servicing and towing providers to its preferred vendors … Promptly upon remaining presented a receipt of buy showing the no-more time sea worthy Stingray boat was offered by the County to Poli at its scrap worth, MSP speedily cleared Plaintiffs and advised the investigation would be shut.”
The lawsuit goes on to accuse Goodnough of manipulating the bidding system for a new fleet maintenance and mechanic companies agreement to profit Rockwood’s competitors, specially firms it alleges ended up contributors to Goodnough’s marketing campaign for sheriff.
“The sham bidding course of action and incorrect steering of vehicle restore, fleet maintenance and tow providers by Defendant Goodnough to his favored vendors and marketing campaign contributors has considerably harmed and proceeds to substantially damage Plaintiffs as well as the community,” the fit reads. “The illegal research, slanderous allegations of theft, initiation of a destructive prosecution, and qualified enforcement of County policies against Plaintiffs has more resulted in harm to Plaintiffs like reputational injury and psychological distress.”
Poli reiterated Monday that the investigations against him and his firms were being all shut and he is been cleared of wrongdoing. He claims neither of his organizations had at any time earlier been accused of misconduct but that both have been seriously afflicted by what he alleges the sheriff has carried out to him.
“We’re going to expose him…,” Poli explained. “I hope it does go to courtroom, so we can expose him to the general public for what he did. I’m not hunting for a settlement I am looking to expose the sheriff and how corrupt he is.
“All the info prove it.”
In a joint assertion to The Monroe Information, Goodnough and Monroe County Administrator Michael Bosanac mentioned that “the unsubstantiated allegations will be aggressively defended like any some others introduced towards the County.”