Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Former Municipal Town Clerk In Michigan Charged With Embezzling $100K

From The Voice on 2/3/2015:

The severity of charges against former Clay Township Clerk Lisa White was upped Feb. 23 when she was charged with embezzlement greater than $100,000 at the 72nd District Court in Marine City.

White was previously charged with embezzlement by a public official over $50.

Appearing with her attorney, Arthur Garton, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing Feb. 23 before Judge Cynthia Platzer.

She declined to speak about the case and her legal counsel did not return phone calls or a request for comment at the preliminary hearing.

“I generally don’t comment to reporters,” Garton said.

A $50,000 surety cash bond already posted was carried over by Platzer. White has apparently moved from Clay Township, giving the judge a new home address in neighboring Fair Haven.

After the initial charges, White stopped coming to work while still collecting a paycheck of more than $1,200 a week, according to township officials. After the charges came down, she was not allowed access to any information involving township business. She resigned from her positon five months later on Feb. 17.

“Her attorney sent a letter of resignation to the prosecutor,” said Clay Supervisor Artie Bryson. “She will not be fulfilling the rest of her term.”

The township now has 45 days from the resignation to appoint a successor. If they don’t find one by then voters will elect a replacement in May.

St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Keyes did not speculate on why White chose to waive the hearing.  

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