Thursday, July 17, 2014

Woman charged with embezzlement from football boosters bound over to circuit court

 A West Branch woman charged with embezzling money from the Ogemaw Heights Football Booster Club was bound over to 34th Circuit Court July 15. She has a preliminary examination scheduled for Aug. 6 at 11 a.m.

Tammy Patterson, 42, has been charged with embezzling more than $200 but less than $1,000 from a nonprofit organization while serving as the group’s treasurer.

According to Ogemaw County Prosecutor LaDonna Schultz, the incident occurred around Jan. 1, 2011.

“I think it was an ongoing thing while she was the treasurer,” Schultz said. “She got the monies as a result of her position.”

Patterson was removed from her position as treasurer during a special meeting of the booster club Jan 22.

Patterson was originally arraigned in 82nd District Court June 12. She was scheduled for a preliminary examination in district court July 15, but waived the hearing and waived her circuit court arraignment.

This maximum penalty for this charge is five years in prison, $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater.

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