embezzlement http://michiganradio.org en Woman, 77, gets probation in church embezzlement http://michiganradio.org/post/woman-77-gets-probation-church-embezzlement <p>MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A 77-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years of probation for taking money from a Detroit-area church and has been ordered to repay $50,000.</p><p>Helen Gvozdich was sentenced Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, avoiding the possibility of up to two years behind bars. She earlier pleaded guilty to embezzlement in an agreement with prosecutors. Court records say a judge also ordered her to perform community service.</p><p>Her lawyer has said she devoted decades to serving the church and was the victim of an unfortunate series of events.</p><p>Authorities originally said that in 2008-2009 Gvozdich stole about $79,000 from St. Stevan Decanski Serbian Orthodox Church in Warren. Prosecutors say church officials agreed to accept $50,000 repayment if she pleaded guilty. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:38:09 +0000 The Associated Press 9993 at http://michiganradio.org Pastor in West Michigan accused of embezzling more than $100,000 http://michiganradio.org/post/pastor-west-michigan-accused-embezzling-more-100000 <p>MLive reports the Pastor of a church with around 750 members confessed to turning in receipts for reimbursement that were never approved.</p><p>More from <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/08/morning_review_26-year_church.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+grpress+%28The+Grand+Rapids+Press+Latest+News+%7C+MLive.com%29&amp;utm_content=Google+Reader">MLive</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A Kentwood pastor has allegedly confessed to embezzling more than $100,000 from his church over the last several years, according to court documents.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:30:37 +0000 Mark Brush 8795 at http://michiganradio.org Embezzlement stories in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/embezzlement-stories-michigan <p>Two embezzlement stories came the Associated Press wires this morning. One person was sentenced for embezzling money from a bank in Grand Rapids, and another investigation is beginning into possible embezzlement at Munson Healthcare.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><p>BANK EMBEZZLEMENT</p><p>Grand Rapids bank embezzler gets 3 years in prison</p><p>A woman who admitted embezzling about $600,000 from a Grand Rapids bank has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.</p><p>Joann Wierenga&#39;s lawyer says she needs help for a gambling addiction more than a long prison stay. Her sentence Monday was at the low end of the guidelines.</p><p>Wierenga pleaded guilty in February to embezzling from Huntington Bank for seven years. Her lawyer says she has repaid at least $132,000 and admitted the thefts when confronted by the bank in 2009.</p><p>Federal prosecutors say Wierenga took $1,600 from another employer last November, just three months before her guilty plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula calls her an &quot;irrepressible thief.&quot;</p><p>MUNSON HEALTH-EMBEZZLEMENT</p><p>More than $1 million stolen from Munson Healthcare<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> An accountant working for Munson Healthcare in Traverse City is accused of embezzling more than $1 million.</p><p>No charges have been filed, but the disclosure was made Friday in federal court in Grand Rapids. The Internal Revenue Service is asking a judge to order the seizure of personal bank accounts with $34,000 linked to the accountant.</p><p>In a court filing, IRS agent Brittany Hofstra says Munson&#39;s loss totals $1.1 million, and the accountant has been suspended. The accountant had access to accounts belonging to Munson and the Munson Foundation. The accountant was also responsible for paying payroll taxes and making deposits into employee retirement plans.</p><p>Munson is a health care provider serving 24 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula. Its main hospital is in Traverse City. Tue, 10 May 2011 15:58:31 +0000 Mark Brush 2425 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park ex-treasurer charged with embezzlment http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-ex-treasurer-charged-embezzlment <p>A former Highland Park charter school treasurer named Shantell Bell has been charged with embezzlement, the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p><em>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette&#39;s office says in a release that 37-year-old Shantell Bell was arrested Friday and was expected to be arraigned in Highland Park District Court.</em></p></blockquote><p><em>Authorities say a $25,000 check request was made in 2009 for textbooks at George Washington Carver Academy. </em></p><p><em>The money later was paid to an Ohio title company. Bell&#39;s ex-boyfriend reported it to<br /> the school, which contacted Michigan State Police.</em></p><p><em>Bell no longer works at the school.</em></p><p><em>Defense attorney Karri Mitchell declined Friday to comment on the case.</em></p><p>Schuette made comments to the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110311/METRO01/103110428/1361/Ex-treasurer-of-Highland-Park-charter-school-charged-with-embezzlement">Detroit News</a> following the arrest:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The theft of resources from Michigan&#39;s children will not be tolerated&quot;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>&quot;We must root out corruption at all levels of government to ensure the public is served. Nobody will get a free pass when they break the law.&quot;</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Bell&#39;s arraignment was expected to occur this afternoon, in the 30th District Court. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:32:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1612 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park ex-treasurer charged with embezzlment