Cases for couple accused of embezzlement move forward

Jennifer (left) and Chad Lindsey are accused of embezzling at least $100,000 from the village of Barryton. Their cases have been bound over to Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court. (Courtesy photos)

BIG RAPIDS — The Stanwood couple accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the Village of Barryton will face their charges in circuit court.

According to court records, Chad Richard Lindsey, 45, and Jennifer Kate Lindsey, 40, both of Stanwood, have had their charges bound over to Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court. The two originally were scheduled to appear for their preliminary examinations Tuesday afternoon in 77th District Court.

Chad, who served as the director of public works for the village, and Jennifer, who was the acting clerk/treasurer, were arraigned in June following an investigation by the Michigan State Police, which the two were charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the village for their own use.

The charges stemmed from “financial irregularities” found by Village President James Soriano. The village completed a forensic audit of its finances after the discovery of the alleged irregularities.

Due to previous felony convictions, Jennifer was charged as a habitual offender, which increases the possible maximum penalty for the offense. She faces up to life in prison.

Embezzlement is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $50,000 or three times the amount embezzled.

Jennifer is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13.

There currently is no hearing scheduled for Chad in 49th Circuit Court, according to the Mecosta County Clerk’s Office.

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Posted by Brandon Fountain

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