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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 07/11/12
Court dates moved for 2
accused of embezzlement
by CHRIS GRAYCases of alleged embezzlement against the former groundskeeper and treasurer of the Romeo Lions Club have been bumped back once again.
Observer Staff Writer
Todd Walker chose to plea not-guilty to charges of embezzling from the Lions Club and will have a juried trial set for 8 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the Macomb County Circuit Court.
Meanwhile, the pre-trial conference for Bobbi Jo Craft was adjourned until 8:30 a.m. on July 19 at the Circuit Court.
Both are accused of embezzling at least $1,000 but less than $20,000 from the Romeo Lions Club.
The new dates and circumstances were the result of Craft and Walker's cases going before two separate judges on July 2. Both defendants had waived their rights to a preliminary exam at the 42-1 District Court on June 21.
Michael Servitto, assistant prosecutor with the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, said he believes Craft and her attorney wish to meet with him to discuss where the case is heading.
Craft served as treasurer of the Lions Club. Police reports indicate she embezzled by falsifying signatures on checks and took the funds for herself over a five-month period in 2011. She resigned from her position with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office during the proceedings.
Walker is accused of utilizing the club's Home Depot credit card for personal use. Police reports state he falsified invoices for heating/furnace work as well as for beverage services for the 2011 Peach Festival.
The cases were first submitted to the prosecutor's office on Feb. 21. Both suspects were arraigned in April at the 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore, and asked for adjournment in May for further discovery. Their cases were adjourned yet again on June 14 at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo.