Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy charged with embezzlement

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:25 am on Monday, April 29, 2013

STANTON – Montcalm County sheriff’s detectives are investigating an embezzlement of funds from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) union, Montcalm County Chapter, by one of their own.

Union leaders contacted sheriff’s officials after they discovered several thousand dollars of union funds were taken from an FOP savings account. Sheriff’s investigators determined that the treasurer of the FOP union had embezzled funds from a savings account set up for its membership. The investigation determined that the embezzlement occurred over a two-year time span.

The suspect was arrested early this morning after being charged by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office with one count of felony embezzlement. The 34-year-old former corrections deputy, whose seven-year employment with the county ended on April 15, turned himself in to sheriff’s officials. He was later released on bond.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned later this week in 64B District Court. His name will be released at that time.

Sheriff’s investigators determined that no Montcalm County funds or taxpayer funds were embezzled. The FOP union account is made up of money solely belonging to FOP union members.

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