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Fired manager charged with embezzlement

Approximately $18,000 in rent missing
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Cheryl A. Vincent Cheryl A. Vincent The former business manager of the Lexington Mobile Home Park has been charged with embezzlement.

Cheryl A. Vincent, 52, Lexington, was arraigned in 73rd District Court Monday morning. She was charged with embezzlement agent trustee $1,000 - $20,000 and embezzlement agent trustee $200 - $1,000. Her preliminary exam is set for April 30 in district court. She was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

“Approximately $18,000 is unaccounted for (between June 2011 and November 2012),” stated Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki.

He said Lexington Police Chief Ed Jarosz contacted his department in December asking for assistance with the investigation.

Village officials first knew something was wrong when the annual audit showed a problem. So the town council suspended Vincent, a village employee, in mid-December and contracted for a forensic audit. The audit, which cost the village $10,500, revealed a criminal act had been committed.

“They looked where the discrepancies were...They ID’d approximately 200 (rent) receipts missing. Then we had to go back and see what it should have been,” Biniecki said.

With so many possible victims, the investigation, led by Detective Mark Ruggles, took time.

“We had to physically check with each lot owner to see if they had a receipt,” Biniecki explained.

After that, officers had to compare the receipts the lot owners had with the receipts in the mobile home park books.

“We interviewed 10 people. The same people were involved and the same lots were involved. Most generally everybody had their copy, it was the management copy that was missing,” Biniecki.

The council fired Vincent last month.

Biniecki stated, “Detective Ruggles did an outstanding job in conjunction with Chief Jarosz in bringing a resolution to this case. Anytime agencies can work together is a good thing, especially when crime is solved and the criminal justice system is given a chance to work”.

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