2017-03-30 / Courts

Former bookkeeper charged with taking funds over six years

TAYLOR TAYLOR A 52-year-old Empire woman was arraigned Tuesday in 86th District Court on a charge of embezzlement of more than $100,000.

Carolyn D. Taylor, of 13745 S. Armstrong Lake Road, was arrested earlier this month on suspicion that she embezzled more than $100,000 from Leelanau Redi-Mix on Maple City Road in Kasson Township.

She is currently free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Taylor worked for the company for about 10 years, where she was the bookkeeper and accountant. According to a court report, Taylor repeatedly and regulary stole funds from her employer through the use of fraudulent checks.

The money was taken over a period of about six years, reports said.

Redi-Mix is owned by Marilyn and Charles Flaska, who founded the company. The owners filed a complaint with the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office in July, telling detectives they suspected money was being taken from the company.

Embezzlement is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Taylor could also have to pay more than three times the amount embezzled.

Taylor’s probable cause conference has been set for April 11; a preliminary examination on the charges has been set for April 11.

Authorities contend Taylor “repeatedly and regularly stole funds from her trusting employer through the use of fraudulant checks,” court records state.

Leelanau County Prosecutor Joseph T. Hubbell declined to comment on the case.

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