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Internal Affairs Investigator Arrested for Running Prostitution Racket with Seized State Files

Michigan State Police arrested Scott Matthew Fink, a former internal affairs investigator for the Corrections Department, for running a prostitution racket. The arrest took place in a motel room in Hartland Township, Livingston County, Michigan, on May 19. Fink, 44, rented two adjoining rooms and was observed with an East Lansing woman. Police witnessed a series of suspected clients entering one of the rooms for approximately an hour each before leaving. Fink and the woman were apprehended after she offered an undercover officer a naked massage and oral sex in exchange for $800 in cash.

Fink, who has pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges, awaits sentencing on September 21 in Livingston County Circuit Court. The woman involved has not been charged with a crime and remains unnamed. Prior to his arrest, Fink had advertised online for “dates” with the woman, canceling the appointments for May 18 due to illness.

During the arrest, police seized $4,500 in cash and discovered used condoms in both motel rooms. Fink’s backpack, which contained confidential state files from his job, was also confiscated. The Michigan Department of Corrections considers these internal affairs files to be confidential personnel records. Fink resigned from his position shortly after his arrest, but an ongoing investigation into possible work rule violations by Fink is being conducted by the department.

Fink’s involvement in prostitution appears to have been ongoing for several months, as evidenced by his wife’s discovery of a list of hotels, women’s names, client names, and a menu for sex acts in his backpack in February. Fink’s wife reported the findings to the police, leading to the investigation.

Fink has pleaded guilty to charges including “surveilling an unclothed person,” “transporting a woman for the purposes of prostitution,” “accepting earnings from prostitution,” and “using a computer to commit a crime.” His involvement in prostitution allegedly spanned back to December 2022, according to investigators.

The Michigan Department of Corrections was unaware of Fink’s non-work-related conduct until his arrest. Upon receiving the information, the department placed Fink on unpaid suspension and initiated its own investigation. The department is confident that Fink’s recent investigations were conducted in accordance with their standards, but a review of some cases is underway to ensure they were not impacted by his non-work-related conduct.

Fink, who worked for a state agency that has faced allegations of racism from both prisoners and employees, allegedly ran a prostitution operation that excluded Black individuals and those who appeared “Middle Eastern” or “unkempt.”

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