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Arraignment scheduled for Grosse Pointe Woods man charged with PTO embezzlement

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 1, 2020

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WOODS — A 43-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods man is expected to be in court this week after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged him June 1 in two embezzlement cases. 

Worthy distributed a press release Monday stating that the resident was charged in connection with the embezzlement of funds from the Grosse Pointe Public School System Millage Committee for Renewal, and also in connection with the embezzlement of funds from the Monteith School Parent Teacher Organization, or PTO, in Grosse Pointe Woods.

As per Worthy’s press release, the resident is scheduled for arraignment the morning of June 3 before Judge Theodore A. Metry in Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court. According to court documents, the defendant has not yet retained an attorney. 

The press release states that the defendant was the treasurer of the GPPSS Millage Committee for Renewal between October 2019 and January 2020. An audit of the organization’s finances “revealed the occurrence of unauthorized activity on the account.” On Feb. 27 of this year, a report was filed with the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety alleging the defendant had accessed the Renew GPPSS account without authorization and embezzled over $1,000 in funds over three months. For his actions, the resident has been charged with embezzlement in an amount of at least $1,000 and less than $20,000. 

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the same individual was the treasurer of the Monteith PTO between July 2017 and January 2020, and an audit of the organization’s finances revealed the occurrence of unauthorized activity on the account. On Feb. 12, 2020, a report on the matter was filed with the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety.

“It is alleged that the defendant accessed the PTO account without authorization and embezzled over $91,000 in funds over two and a half years,” the press release states. 

In that case, the resident has been charged with embezzlement of at least $50,000 and less than $100,000.

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