Craft, Walker charged with Lions embezzlement
EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES. Above, Bobbi Jo Craft, a former Romeo Lions Club member, and her attorney, Stephen Rabaut, appear at the 42-2 District Court on April 30 for Craft's arraignment.
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#1 May 2, 2012
EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES. Above, Bobbi Jo Craft, a former Romeo Lions Club member, and her attorney, Stephen Rabaut, appear at the 42-2 District Court on April 30 for Craft's arraignment. Craft, along with former Lions Club member Todd Walker, are being charged with felony embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000 by an agent or trustee for reportedly taking money from the non-profit. They are scheduled for a preliminary exam on May 3 at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo.
(Observer photo by Chris Gray)
Craft, Walker charged
with Lions embezzlement
by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
Two former members of the Romeo Lions Club have been charged with embezzling funds from the club's coffers.
Bobbi Jo Craft, a 16-year veteran deputy of the Macomb County Sheriff's Office who served as the Lions Club treasurer, was charged with one count of embezzling $1,000 and up to but no more than $20,000.
She was given a $5,000 personal bond following her arraignment on April 30 at the 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore.
Todd Walker, also a member of the Lions Club, received the same embezzlement charge with a $3,000 bond following arraignment on April 25.
Both are scheduled for a preliminary exam on Thursday, May 3, at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo.
The felony is punishable by five years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines or three times the embezzled amount, whichever is greater.
The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office and the Romeo Police Department allege that Craft falsified the authorizing signature on 26 checks belonging to the Lions Club and took the money for herself over a five-month period in 2011.
"Deputy Craft occupied a position of public trust, both with the sheriff's department and with the Lions charity," County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a written statement. "She has violated that sacred trust, and will be held accountable."
Of the nearly $20,000 in embezzled funds, Craft used a portion of it to pay personal bills, according to police findings. Funds were also used to pay for an extra room and extra night at a hotel while attending a conference on behalf of the Lions.
Romeo Police Chief Greg Paduch expressed his disappointment in having to investigate a fellow law enforcement agent.
"Craft's arrest serves as a reminder that none of us, and perhaps especially those who wear a badge, are above the law," Paduch said.
Craft has resigned from the sheriff's office, and was terminated from her position in the Lions Club in January when investigations began.
Police reports show Craft reimbursed the Lions Club $2,485 in February.
Walker was in charge of facility maintenance for the club's property before resigning. Of the $5,700 he reportedly embezzled, the majority stemmed from using the club's Home Depot credit card to purchase personal items.
Police reports state he falsified invoices for heating/furnace work as well as for beverage services for the 2011 Peach Festival.
Saint Clair, MI
#2 May 4, 2012
Sounds like the embezzlement Tom Raymond and the daughter of Vi Pfaff were a part of in Cottrellville Township.
Raymond let her get away with all sorts of embezzlement charges by minimizing every type of penalty legally possible once a citizen using the Freedom of Information Act discovered the embezzlement.
This is the reason why Tom Raymond controls the vote of Vi Pfaff.
For example, at the April 2012 Cottrellville Township Board meeting, Vi Pfaff voted and Tom Raymond both voted not to allow Cottrellville Township meetings to be filmed and broadcast on TV or online.
Raymond doesn't like it when his short (5'8") and fat body (465 pounds) is displayed below the neck by the media. So he convinced Vi Pfaff to vote with him.
Now, Cottrellville Township still lags behind all the other local townships and local cities that put meetings on TV for residents to watch at home or online.
Tom Raymond and Vi Pfaff have things to hide, or else they would NOT be avoiding the media!
The same can be said for Mary Agnes Simons. Her husband runs a construction business and she used to break the rules by peeking at all the bids for contracts when she worked for Clay Township. When this was discovered, she was asked to leave. That's why she works for Cottrellville Township now. I've also heard Mary Agnes Simons ask people in the audience not to film meetings.
* VOTE NO for Tom Raymond in District 81
* VOTE NO for Vi Pfaff in Cottrellville Township
* VOTE NO for Mary Agnes Simons in Cottrellville
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