Campus police of the Grand Valley State University in Michigan reportedly received a call in June to alert them to a possible crime that might have been committed at the offices of the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management on the campus. An investigation was launched that led to the arrest of a 44-year-old employee whose responsibility it was to deposit the money on behalf of the recreation center. The case was recently sent to circuit court after the woman who was charged with white collar crimes waived preliminary examination.
Detectives reported that the employee admitted to removing cash from the bank deposit bags and depositing it into her personal bank account. She apparently resigned from her position in June after employment of five years. Police said upon searching her office, they discovered 83 empty bank deposit bags in the drawer of her desk. A forensic audit was then conducted by a private investigator that was hired by the university.
Based on the findings of the forensic audit, it was alleged that the former employee embezzled $76,346 from her employers from 2012 through 2015. She is now facing a count of embezzlement of between $50,000 and $100,000. If convicted, the accused individual may face as much as 15 years behind bars.
Because of the severity of white collar crimes charges, accused individuals may not want to face the legal proceedings without the support and guidance of an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can examine the charges and the available evidence before devising a defense strategy. Whatever the circumstance, the attorney will be prepared to advocate on behalf of the client throughout the legal proceedings while aiming to achieve the best possible outcome.
Source: mlive.com, "Former GVSU employee accused of embezzling $76K heads to trial", Angie Jackson, Dec. 3, 2015