LANSING, MI--   The owner of two Michigan timber harvesting companies – G.L.F.P., Inc (commonly known as Great Lakes Forest Products) and Northern Timber Producers Inc. – was bound over to Circuit Court Friday on six counts of embezzlement after lying to landowners about the amount and type of timber he took from their properties to avoid paying them the full value owed. 

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A United Auto Workers union official charged in a widening federal bribery and embezzlement scandal has resigned. 

The union said Sunday that Vance Pearson also will retire and resign from his membership in the union. He had been on paid administrative leave.

Pearson was the director of a region in Missouri. He was charged by federal prosecutors in September in connection with a scheme to embezzle union money and spend thousands on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee woman has been arrested for embezzlement from a Marquette business.

Marquette Police say they received a complaint August 13 from the Facial Surgery Institute. More than 

$40,000 had been stolen from the company by various means.

On Thursday officers arrested Nicole King of Negaunee for one count of embezzlement, more than $20,000 but less than $50,000, six counts of forgery, and six counts of uttering and publishing. She had been working at the Institute in a clerical capacity during the time the money was discovered to be missing.

BESSEMER, MI--   A prison sentence has been handed down to the Ironwood Township ex-treasurer accused of embezzlement. 

Jill Olson DeRosso, 47, pleaded guilty or no contest to 10 charges, including forgery, using public money for personal use, embezzlement by a public official, and destroying public records. She was sentenced Thursday to 3 to 10 years in prison.

DeRosso had already been ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution. That amount includes more than $1.2 million in missing money and $155,000 dollars in costs related to the investigation.


IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A former township treasurer in the Upper Peninsula has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in an embezzlement investigation. 

Jyl Olson-DeRosso was scheduled to get her sentence Monday in Gogebic County, but the court hearing was postponed. A judge ordered restitution last week.

Olson-DeRosso was treasurer in Ironwood Township, which has less than 3,000 residents. The Daily Globe reports that she's been ordered to repay more than $1.2 million in missing money and another $155,000 in costs related to the investigation.

MOHAWK, MI--   A Baraga woman has been arrested for embezzling from her Keweenaw County workplace. 

Kelly Tapani, 34, was taken into custody Wednesday following a months-long investigation by the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office. She’s accused of embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000 from the Vansville Bar over a five-month period last year.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A former employee of the Superior Eye Health and Vision Therapy Center in Marquette has been sentenced for embezzlement. 

Jamie Tasson, 39, was initially charged with seven counts of embezzlement over $100,000, possession of a fraudulent financial transaction device, and using a computer to commit a crime. She allegedly took more than $250,000 from center owner, Dr. Heidi Johnson.

Tasson pleaded guilty in November to a reduced embezzlement charge. In return the other charges were dropped.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A Crystal Falls woman is accused of embezzling from her employer.

WLUC-TV says Laura Sartori, 53, was an employee of Lakeshore/Oldenburg, Incorporated. She’s charged with embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000. Sartori allegedly took the money between October 2013 and October 2016. 

She faces up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine or three times the amount embezzled—whichever is greater.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 4 in Iron County District Court. 

BESSEMER, MI--   The former treasurer for Ironwood Township has been arrested on forgery and embezzlement charges. 

WLUC-TV reports Jill Olson-DeRosso, 47, served as treasurer from 1998 to November of last year. Following a lengthy investigation officials discovered Olson-DeRosso had issued checks to herself and taken cash from the tax fund in the amount of $115,470.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn woman has been sentenced on an embezzlement charge. 

Tracy Spruitenberg, 44, was arrested in October and charged with embezzlement—$1,000 or more but less than $20,000. She allegedly took more than $3,500 from The Pines Condominium Association. Spruitenberg was association treasurer from August 2015 to September 2016.

Spruitenberg was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation and more than $4,400 in fines and restitution.