2013-07-31 / Front Page

Embezzler repays village $33,000

The former business manager of the Lexington Municipal Mobile Home Park held up her end of the plea bargain last week, when she repaid the village for her embezzlement.

On July 23 Cheryl A. Vincent, 52, Lexington, paid $34,385 in fines and costs, which included $33,000 in restitution to the Village of Lexington. District Court Judge Gregory Ross sentenced Vincent to 24 months probation and ordered her not to work in a position that requires her to handle money.

“The village wanted their money and they didn’t want to ruin her life over this,” stated Sanilac County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brenda Sanford.

“The village officials and attorney thought it was a fair resolution.”

The $33,000 included the amount of the embezzlement, the cost of the forensic audit that uncovered the crime, and attorney fees.

Vincent pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge of embezzlement agent trustee $200 - $1,000 on June 24 on the condition she pay the restitution up front.

She was originally charged with embezzlement agent trustee $1,000 - $20,000 and embezzlement agent trustee $200 - $1,000.

According to Sheriff Garry Biniecki, the investigation revealed approximately $18,000 was unaccounted for. Lexington Police Chief Ed Jarosz contacted the sheriff department in December asking for help with the case.

The annual audit is what alerted village officials to the problem. They suspended Vincent with pay in mid- December and paid for a forensic audit, which cost the village $10,500. The audit identified 200 missing rent receipts.

The council fired Vincent at their March 25 meeting.

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