Pamela McMichael, a 55-year-old woman who was working as a budget analyst in Eastern Michigan University’s Extended Programs and Educational Outreach department, has been accused of embezzling approximately $10,000 according to police and news reports. The embezzlement occurred over the summer months, according to EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes.
Heighes stated that investigators are not certain just how long it has been going on, and that the investigation is not yet complete. So far, efforts have been focused on the past summer. McMichael was arraigned on November 3rd on one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 according to records.
McMichael, who was arrested on Friday and released from the Washtenaw County Jail on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, has been placed on leave by the university. During a normal audit process which took place in August, the alleged embezzlement was revealed when auditors discovered irregularities. Police then took over the investigation.
According to news reports, McMichael will face a fine of three times the amount embezzled and as much as five years in prison if convicted of the charge. A preliminary exam is scheduled on November 13 at 8:30 a.m. according to Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Geoffrey Fox.
Individuals who are charged with embezzlement and other theft related offenses must have a competent Michigan embezzlement attorney on their side in order to protect their legal rights and freedom. These types of charges are often extremely complex and diverse; because you have been arrested does not automatically mean that you must spend time in jail or face a permanent criminal record. Until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, you are innocent.
If you have been accused of embezzlement, fraud or any white-collar crime, contact an aggressive and capable Michigan criminal defense lawyer at once. Do not hesitate; your freedom and future are on the line.