2017-05-17 / Front Page

Sheriff investigates embezzlment involving Marathon Twp. official

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Marathon Township attorney Michael Gildner reported to police of possible embezzlement by a township official. Marathon Township attorney Michael Gildner reported to police of possible embezzlement by a township official. MARATHON TWP. — The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. confirmed Tuesday morning that an investigation of possible embezzlement within the Marathon Township office was completed last week and the investigation details have been turned over to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Det./ Lt. Gary Parks told The County Press on Tuesday morning that a report of embezzlement was made to his department last week by the Marathon Township office through their attorney, Michael Gildner. When reached Tuesday, Gildner would not comment on the investigation.

Parks said that he investigated the matter and documented his findings for the prosecutor’s office. “It appears to be a criminal offence,” Parks told The County Press. Parks declined to say who or exactly what activity he investigated because no charges have been levied yet.

“It is up to the prosecutor to decide if it rises to the level of a criminal offense,” Parks said, and unless the prosecutor’s office brings criminal charges, he is unable to elaborate on the details of his investigation. Parks reiterated that he thinks there was a criminal offence.

As of press time, Lapeer County Prosecutor Mike Sharkey did not return phone calls to his office regarding the investigation and if he would bring charges in the matter.

The County Press also attempted to reach Marathon Township officials for comment Tuesday morning, however the township office is closed Tuesday and they were unable to be reached at their residence.

Editor’s note: Look to The County Press website, www.mihomepaper.com, and Sunday’s edition for further developments on this story.

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