Former Village of Hersey treasurer enters plea in embezzlement case

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REED CITY — A former Village of Hersey treasurer accused of embezzling has entered a plea in her case.

Angela Clark, 35, of Hersey, reached a plea agreement with the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday in Circuit Court.

Clark entered a no contest plea to one count of embezzlement of more than $50 by a public official. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of embezzlement/diversion of taxes/public money.

The plea agreement calls for an open-ended delay of sentence. She will have to pay restitution, but the exact amount has yet to be determined, according to court documents.

The agreement also specifies Clark must provide truthful testimony if called to testify.

Clark was first arraigned on her charges on Aug. 17.

Her arrest was the result of an investigation by the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant, which began in June after receiving allegations of embezzlement from the Village of Hersey by a former village treasurer.

Police were informed misappropriated funds were discovered during a regularly scheduled audit. Upon completion of an investigation, the detective presented his findings to the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office, which authorized charges after reviewing the findings.

On June 2, Hersey Village President Robin Marvel posted on Facebook the summary of a recent financial audit. According to the document, in 2015 and 2016 the auditor found a grand total of $14,597.50 worth of missing receipts or deposits. Included in that total was $2,082.50 which was allegedly misappropriated and transferred from the village’s PayPal account to Clark’s personal account.

Her charges specified Clark misappropriated fees for campsites, firewood, wastewater dumping and cemetery fee and property tax payments.

Clark had a jury trial scheduled to begin on Dec. 5, but the trial did not move forward. If she had been found guilty of the embezzlement of more than $50 by a public official charge, Clark faced a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Sentencing for Clark is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Herald Review and Pioneer crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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