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Grosse Pointe Woods resident bound over for trial on embezzlement charges

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 25, 2020

 Quinn Keith Smith, of Grosse Pointe Woods, has been bound over for trial for allegedly embezzling money from the Monteith Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and from the Grosse Pointe Public School System Millage Committee for Renewal.

Quinn Keith Smith, of Grosse Pointe Woods, has been bound over for trial for allegedly embezzling money from the Monteith Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and from the Grosse Pointe Public School System Millage Committee for Renewal.

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WOODS — The case involving a Grosse Pointe Woods man accused of embezzling more than $90,000 from accounts within the Grosse Pointe Public School System has been bound over for trial.

During a probable cause conference held via Zoom video conference June 24 in Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court, defendant Quinn Keith Smith, 43, waived his right to a preliminary exam before Judge Ted Metry.

His preliminary exam had been scheduled for July 15 in the same court. However, now that he waived his preliminary exam, Metry said the matter will go to trial in 3rd Circuit Court at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. 

In court Wednesday, attorney Gary Bresnehan represented the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, which had filed the embezzlement charges against Smith. Smith’s attorney, David Draper, also was in court. 

“My client is prepared to waive his right to a preliminary exam,” Draper said. When Metry asked Smith if he was waiving his right “freely and voluntarily,” he said that he was. 

At a preliminary exam, the judge determines whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed. Because Smith waived his right to a preliminary exam, Metry said the case would no longer be heard in Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court. 

“Good luck,” Metry said. “Bond is continued.”

On June 1, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced through a press release that Smith was charged in connection with 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 in Grosse Pointe Woods.

According to the press release, Smith 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 that the defendant had accessed the Renew GPPSS account without authorization and embezzled over $1,000 in funds over three months. He was charged with embezzlement in an amount of at least $1,000 and less than $20,000. 

According to Worthy, Smith also 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 Smith accessed the PTO account without authorization and embezzled more than $91,000 in funds over two and a half years. In that case, Smith has been charged with embezzlement of at least $50,000 and less than $100,000.

According to Draper, Smith’s wife is a teacher at Monteith and his two children either attend the school or attended in the past. If convicted of the crimes, Smith could face jail time, be ordered to pay restitution or both.

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