Friday, February 13, 2015

Michigan Woman Accused Of Embezzling At Least $254K From Local Business, Sought By Authorities

From Clarkston News on 2/11/2015:

A woman accused of embezzling more than $250,000 from the local business for which she worked is being sought by Oxford Village Police.

Last week, an arrest warrant was issued for Shavon Westley, 35, a former employee of CAM Logic located at 38 S. Washington St. in downtown Oxford.

Westley, who was an office manager for the company, is facing one count of embezzlement of $100,000 or more and four counts of forgery. The embezzlement charge is a 20-year felony, while forgery is a 14-year felony.

"I feel personally betrayed," said Jim Carlisle, owner and president of CAM Logic. "It was just quite a stab in the back."
"I don't think she has any concept of the kind of impact she had on my company, on me personally, on my customers," he added. "She needs to learn a lesson."

CAM Logic specializes in three-dimensional scanning and printing technology. The company made headlines last year when it scanned the famous Spirit of Detroit and created miniature copies of the iconic statue.

According to village Police Chief Mike Neymanowski and Officer Dave Churchill, who conducted the investigation, Westley embezzled approximately $254,000 from the company between 2012 and 2014.

"That's what we have at this time," Neymanowski said. "There could be more."

The investigation began in September after both CAM Logic and its bank noticed some discrepancies in the financial records. "It was really the bank and us that kind of simultaneously discovered this," Carlisle said.

Since the investigation began, Westley has not set foot inside the CAM Logic building. "I suspended her without pay (pending) the outcome of the investigation and I've never heard anything more from her," Carlisle said. "She never came back to work."

Westley had worked for CAM Logic since 2010. According to village police, Westley's last known address was in Independence Woods, a manufactured home community located at 2500 Mann Rd. in Independence Township.

Anyone with information regarding Westley's whereabouts is asked to please contact the village police at (248) 628-2581.

Carlisle wished to make it clear the alleged embezzlement did not hurt his company's overall "financial well-being."

"I can tell you that CAM Logic is fine," he said. "CAM Logic, last year, had its best sales in its 20-year history. We had a record year. CAM Logic's financial situation is very, very sound. We've hired three additional people since (Westley) left."

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