Former Hersey treasurer placed on delay, ordered to pay restitution


REED CITY — A former Village of Hersey treasurer convicted of embezzlement will have to pay back thousands of dollars as part of her sentence.

Angela Clark, 35, of Hersey, was sentenced Friday in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.

In December, Clark reached a plea agreement with the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office. She entered a no contest plea to one count of embezzlement of more than $50 by a public official. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of embezzlement/diversion of taxes/public money.

Clark was placed on a one-year delay of sentence, meaning she is on a probationary period and a final judgment has not yet been entered by the court. While on the delay, Clark will have to pay restitution of $6,358.82 to the Village of Hersey.

As part of her sentence, Clark also will have to perform 150 hours of community service.

Her delay is set to be reviewed on Dec. 2, according to court documents.

Clark was first arraigned on her charges on Aug. 17, 2017.

Her arrest was the result of an investigation by the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant, which began in June of 2017 after receiving allegations of embezzlement from the Village of Hersey by a former village treasurer.

Police were informed misappropriated funds were discovered during a regularly scheduled audit. Upon completion of an investigation, the detective presented his findings to the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office, which authorized charges after reviewing the findings.

On June 2, Hersey Village President Robin Marvel posted on Facebook the summary of a recent financial audit. According to the document, in 2015 and 2016 the auditor found a grand total of $14,597.50 worth of missing receipts or deposits. Included in that total was $2,082.50 which was allegedly misappropriated and transferred from the village’s PayPal account to Clark’s personal account.

The charges against Clark specified misappropriated fees for campsites, firewood, wastewater dumping, cemetery fees and property tax payments.