LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - When you take your pet to the vet, you expect a healthy and safe return, but for a Lansing family, the visit ended in heart break when they found their dog dead on the side of theget more >>
Mireles took his family dog to Comprehensive Animal Hospital for surgery with Dr. Agbonaget more >>
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A pawn shop owner in south Lansing caught a thief on-camera stealing more than $2,000 worth of diamond jewelry from his store, while the thief's three accomplices kept the storeget more >>
Surveillance video catches a suspected thief stealing more than $2,000 worth of diamond jewelry from a Lansing pawn shopget more >>
JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is looking for information on a man they say stole several firearms and silencers. It happened on May 8 at the Schupback'sget more >>
They say after the store closed, a man came out of hiding and stole several firearms and silencersget more >>
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WLNS) - Orion Donaldson moved to Oklahoma City just a few months ago from his hometown of Mason. Today, he's left facing the damage and destruction done just a few miles away in Mooreget more >>
Even though his roots are in mid-Michigan, he says he'll be heading to Moore this weekend to help clean up his new neighborsget more >>
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The office of the Michigan attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a Lansing-based production company for failing to pay thousands of dollars in employee wages. Accordingget more >>
The Michigan attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against a Lansing-based production company for failing to pay thousands of dollars in employee wagesget more >>
The Michigan Supreme Court says medical marijuana users aren't automatically breaking the law if they're caught driving after using the drug. The court on Tuesday unanimously overturned an appeals courtget more >>
Police must show medical marijuana users actually "under the influence"get more >>
Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan is asking for the public's help in one incident and locating two men wanted for felonies. On Thursday, March 7 around 11:30p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 blockget more >>
If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOPget more >>
Some 300 people in Jackson filed a petition, saying it was a plan that just wreaked and was plain dirty. And Tuesday city council made a clean move in terms of their trash removal. By a five to one vote,get more >>
Some 300 people in Jackson filed a petition, saying it was a plan that just wreaked and was plain dirty. get more >>
JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - A 30-year-old woman could be in front of a judge Monday to face charges for the death of a man believed to be her boyfriend. Officials say the incident happened Saturday at anget more >>
Neighbors commented that the suspect and the victim had a noticeably abusive relationshipget more >>
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – More than 200 new jobs are coming to the General Motors Lansing Grand River Plant, the company announced on Monday. General Motors says the new jobs will be the result of a $44.5get more >>
GM says it plans to pump $44.5 million into building a new facility, leading to 200 additional jobsget more >>
Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura D. Corrigan today announced that the Attorney General's Public Integrity Unit has charged a Department of Homeland Security employee with two felony embezzlement charges after an internal investigation.
Led by Director Al Kimichik, the investigation revealed the employee, whose job allowed her to utilize procurement cards, or p-cards, for authorized expenses, also used the cards for personal benefit.
"Inappropriately using state resources is not only shameful, but compromises the integrity of government and violates the public trust." said Schuette. "Our Public Integrity Unit is committed to safeguarding taxpayer dollars."
"DHS will not tolerate the misuse of public dollars for personal gain," said Corrigan. "That is why the DHS Office of Inspector General aggressively investigates all complaints of fraud and abuse and why we take swift action to ensure our employees conduct themselves with taxpayers' best interests in mind."
Michelle Metzmaker, a General Office Assistant for the Michigan Community Service Commission within DHS, was responsible for making travel arrangements and food purchases for meetings related to DHS operations.
It is alleged that between September 2009 and June 2011, Metzmaker embezzled a total of $4,415.48 by making unapproved purchases with the p-cards she was authorized to use for official business only. Allegedly, Metzmaker's personal use of the cards included payments to Playtime Billiards, Inc., Verizon Wireless, Comcast of Lansing, Two Men and a Truck and other non-work related expenses.
Although DHS had a reporting process in place to ensure a supervisor signed off on all purchases with the cards, Schuette charges that Ms. Metzmaker used her position with access to the office mail to keep her unauthorized purchases hidden.
Metzmaker has been charged in Lansing's 30th Circuit Court with one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee $1,000.00 or more but less than $20,000.00, a felony punishable by up to five years and/or $10,000.00, or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater and one count of embezzlement by a public official over $50.00, a felony punishable by up to 10 years or $5,000.00.
Metzmaker has surrendered to authorities and is awaiting arraignment, which is expected to take place Friday.
Metzmaker has been placed on unpaid suspension pending criminal charges in this case, pursuant to labor relations policy between the state and her bargaining unit.
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