REED CITY — Osceola County Road Commission’s managing engineer is charged with perjury after police say he lied under oath to a detective during a deposition in March.

Cliff Youngs, 42, of Big Rapids, was arraigned on the felony charge on Thursday in Osceola County’s 77th District Court. The charge is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Michigan State Police detectives at the Hart post have been investigating the possibility of embezzlement charges against Youngs in relation to his position with the road commission during the past year. The complaint against Youngs states that he lied about ordering road commission employees to fraudulently alter time slips.

Due to a conflict of interest, Osceola County Prosecutor Jim Sims has requested a special prosecutor to handle the case, which will now be tried by Attorney General Bill Scheutte’s office.

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