Ronald Earl Davis appeared with defense attorney Michael Hennigan in the 37th District Court April 18 where he waived his right to a preliminary examination on embezzlement and drug charges.

Ronald Earl Davis appeared with defense attorney Michael Hennigan in the 37th District Court April 18 where he waived his right to a preliminary examination on embezzlement and drug charges.

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Warren school club president waives hearing in embezzlement case

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 18, 2019

WARREN — The president of a club for parents, educators and pupils at a Warren elementary school will next appear in Macomb County Circuit Court, facing embezzlement and drug charges.

Ronald Earl Davis, 43, appeared in the 37th District Court April 18, where he waived his right to a preliminary examination on the charges, brought after an investigation into the alleged theft of funds from the PEP club at Westview Elementary in the Fitzgerald Public Schools district.

Davis appeared alongside his defense attorney, Michael Hennigan, and said little apart from responding to Judge John Chmura’s questions, including one about understanding his right to the hearing that would have determined if enough evidence exists to warrant a criminal trial. On March 21, Davis was arraigned on one count of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit organization, a 10-year felony, and one count of cocaine possession.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said previously that the department investigated the alleged theft of more than $13,000 from the PEP club account. It was alleged that Davis failed to pay invoices for club fundraisers and that he withdrew money from the club’s account for cash transactions and checks written to cash. Police allegedly found the drugs when they searched his home on Panama Street on March 20.

After the hearing was adjourned, Hennigan declined to comment, apart from saying his client penned an “old-fashioned, authentic apology” addressed to the school and its principal.

At press time, Davis remained in custody at the Macomb County Jail with total bail set at $100,000 cash.