CADILLAC — A 24-year-old man is being charged for his part in an alleged criminal enterprise that encompassed three counties including Wexford County after he was arraigned recently in 84th District Court.

Daniel Alex Bell, who currently is housed in the Missaukee County Jail, was charged with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise for his connection with an incident on or between the dates of Nov. 17-Dec. 12 in Clam Lake Township, court records indicate. A habitual offender second offense notice was added to the charge which carries a penalty of 1.5 times the maximum sentence on the primary offense.

If convicted, Bell faces up to 30 years in prison and/or fines as high as $150,000.

Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore said the charge alleges Bell and one other person who has yet to be arraigned in district court, committed certain offenses for financial gain such as receiving and concealing stolen property. The charge also alleged Bell and the other suspect received stolen items from both Osceola and Missaukee counties and housed them in Wexford County, according to court records.

Elmore said a criminal enterprise means a group of people working together. It can also mean a business, corporation or Limited Liability Corporation but it has to have a basis of a group of two or more people working together.

Elmore said Bell is one of several people who have been charged and arraigned in Wexford County for their relation to the crimes alleged in this case.

Joshua Leonard Snider was charged with one count of receiving and concealing stolen property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 for his connection with an incident occurring on or between the dates of Dec. 8-Dec. 12 in Clam Lake Township. Lindsay Rose Trumble was charged with four counts of receiving and concealing stolen property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 for her connection with incidents occurring on or between Dec. 3-Dec. 12 in Clam Lake Township.

Devin Alan Bell was charged with one count of accessory after the fact to a felony for his connection with an incident occurring on or between the dates of Dec. 8-Dec. 12 in Clam Lake Township.

Daniel Bell also was charged with one count of third-degree police officer fleeing for his connection with an incident on Dec., 8 in Cedar Creek Township. A habitual offender second offense notice was added to the charge which carries a penalty of 1.5 times the maximum sentence on the primary offense.

If convicted, Daniel Bell faces up 7.5 years in prison and/or fines as high as $1,500.

In each case, the charges are merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

A $25,000 cash or surety bond was issued in each of Daniel Bell’s cases and probable cause conferences were scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 18.

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