A few weeks back, we discussed comments by the Ingham County prosecutor that his office has seen a jump in embezzlement charges in the past couple of years. Embezzlement is a serious charge, but it is possible to avoid prison time, as a recent case shows.
In June, an Ingham County Circuit Court judge ordered the former director of an East Lansing preschool to pay more than $60,000 in restitution to the school, serve 18 months of probation, and perform 200 hours of community service. The sentence was the result of the woman pleading guilty to embezzlement of between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit. The Lansing State Journal reports that the woman took nearly $70,000 from the school, where she served as director for more than five years until resigning in 2014.