Saginaws ex mayor to be tried in fraud case

SAGINAW — A judge ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence for a former mayor charged with arson and insurance fraud in the burning of her 1986 Mercedes-Benz to stand trial in the case.

Wilmer Jones Ham, who serves on the City Council and as mayor pro tem, was bound over for trial in Saginaw County Circuit Court. The date for her next court appearance wasn’t immediately set.

Wilmer Jones Ham is the mother of ex-Detroit Pistons player Darvin Ham. She has pleaded not guilty.

Wilmer Jones Ham is accused of setting the car on fire March 9, 2006, and trying to make a false insurance claim.

She remains free on a $15,000 personal bond.