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Former school treasurer accused of embezzling $229,000

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Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 5:17 PM EST
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A former school treasurer is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars in Berrien Springs.

The senior pastor and principal of Village Seventh-day Adventist Church and School sent a letter to parents, saying, in part: "Over the summer, it became evident that clear and direct communication was not transpiring between the treasurer and all levels of administration."

They go on to say that the school was defrauded of $229,000 over, at least, the past three years. The letter indicates a routine audit was approaching when they learned the news.

It also says, "This crime was perpetrated in an environment of trust and patience as we sought to help our former treasurer succeed."

Staff add that routine audits took place and oversight happened at several levels.

The letter to church and school families says Michigan State Police are investigating. NewsCenter 16 confirmed this information with Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic.

The principal and pastor promise the stolen money will be paid back through restitution or insurance. They add there's a new treasury staff and a stricter way of handling things.

NewsCenter 16 is awaiting calls back from state police and the Michigan Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The name of the former treasurer has not been released.