Monique Owens

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[Owens, September 2022.]

Monique Owens (born February 21, 1984) is an American politician and convicted criminal who served as the mayor of Eastpointe, Michigan from 2019 to 2023. She previously served on the Eastpointe City Council from 2017 to 2019 and was the first African-American to serve in either office. She was unseated in the 2023 mayoral primary.

Her tenure as mayor was controversial and included a lawsuit alleging that she violated residents' First Amendment rights and a criminal conviction for making false statements on a grant application for her business. Residents also objected to police reports she made against critics, her failure to file financial disclosure statements, her heated tirades against residents and other officials during meetings,[22] and her lack of support for the LGBT community.

On September 28, 2023, Owens pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement. The case, which was originally charged as felony false pretenses, stemmed from a COVID business relief application which stated that her business was 51 percent or more owned by veterans and had 100–249 employees. After paying $10,000 in restitution to the victim, she was sentenced to six months of probation, 100 hours of community service, and $725 in court costs.

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