In January, we reported about a Lima Township man who had embezzlement charges against him dismissed, and new charges filed against him in connection with funneling money from A2 Auto Glass. Now, Oral and Janice Molden are scheduled to go on trial for embezzling roughly $250,000 from the glass company where both were employed according to a news article at AnnArbor.com. The couple’s trial date has been set for November 4 by a Washtenaw County judge.
Oral and Janice Molden allegedly embezzled a quarter of a million dollars over a 3 1/2 year time period. The two were first charged in 2011, however the case has been trudging through the judicial system ever since.
The news article states that on Wednesday, June 12, the couple appeared in court together briefly following a bench conference in which their attorneys requested a trial date.
Oral Molden was originally charged with embezzling $20,000 or more, however that charge was dismissed due to insufficient evidence; instead, Molden has now been charged with false pretenses of more than $20,000, false pretenses between $999 and $20,000, malicious use of a telecommunications service and permitting a false tax return. Janice Molden is charged with three counts of using a computer to commit a crime, embezzling $100,000 or more, embezzling $25,000 or more, and embezzling more than $999 but less than $20,000.
The two were both employed at A2 Auto Glass located in Scio Township, where Oral Molden performed computer work and Janice Molden was a bookkeeper.
Michigan embezzlement attorneys know the serious penalties individuals convicted of this type of criminal offense face. If convicted of embezzling $100,000 or more, Janice Molden may face up to 20 years in jail, along with fines of as much as $50,000 or three times the value of the property/money allegedly stolen.
Individuals who are arrested for embezzlement, fraud, money laundering or other white-collar crimes must consult with an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer immediately. Your reputation and freedom are at risk; take action now.