Alpena man arrested for false complaint

An Alpena man was arraigned Monday in the 88th District Court on three counts of filing a false report of a felony, one count of lying to a peace officer, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

Thomas Arthur VanDuinen, 70, filed a complaint to police alleging that members of the Michigan State Police stole prescription medications, money, and possibly forged search warrant documents during the execution of a search warrant.

A criminal investigation was initiated and the findings were turned over to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. The Michigan Solicitor General authorized the close of the investigation against the troopers in January 2022.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office advised they would pursue charges against VanDuinen for making a false report. Arrest warrants were issued for VanDuinen on August 26 and he was arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on Aug. 27.


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