Monday, January 19, 2015

Traverse City embezzlement case headed to circuit court

A former Traverse City Area Public Schools employee moved closer to trial on accusations she embezzled thousands of dollars from the school district. 
Mary Gillison, 50, of Arcadia, is charged with one count of embezzlement greater than $1,000 but less than $20,000, a five-year felony. TCAPS officials said more than $58,000 disappeared since 2006.

Gillison's case was bound over to 13th Circuit Court on Monday, but her next hearing is yet to be scheduled.
,Both the audit and subsequent sheriff's investigation into Gillison's bank statements show about $8,000 in unauthorized purchases since 2009, but school officials report about $58,600 in missing money from 2006 until Gillison resigned.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said investigators could only look back through 2009 because the statute of limitations is six years in criminal cases.  That's why she is only being charged with embezzlement greater than $1,000 but less than $20,000.

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