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Excelsior School Official Charged with Embezzlement
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January 17, 2003
Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that a former Excelsior school
district official has been charged with cheating the school district out of
money and with failing to declare money she received from the district on her
income tax returns. Adrienne Frances Mattie, age 52 of Kalkaska, Michigan,
is charged with two counts of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 and three
counts of failing to file or filing false tax returns, all of which carry a
maximum prison term of five years.
Mattie was elected school board secretary for the Excelsior school district,
which consisted of one school known as the Crawford School. In 1999, she
also assumed the position of school manager. In her dual positions, Mattie
not only handled the finances for the school district but was also paid for work
alleges that beginning in July, 1999, and continuing through May, 2001, Mattie
obtained in excess of $16,000 of the school district's money through a scheme
whereby she wrote checks payable to her son for work that he supposedly did for
the school district, but which in fact was never done. She had her son
endorse these checks, which she then cashed and used to pay personal expenses.
It is also
alleged that in 1999 and 2001, Mattie failed to file state income tax returns
declaring as income payments that were being made to her by the school district.
Additionally, in 2000, Mattie filed a false state income tax return that
understated her income because she failed to include as income payments made to
her by the school district.
At a time
when school districts throughout the state are suffering budget shortfalls, it
is disheartening to find a school district employee who steals from the district
to supplement her income, Cox said. Taxpayers expect that their school
taxes will be used to provide the best education possible for the children in
their district, not to line the pockets of dishonest officials. I intend
to vigorously pursue any cases brought to my office involving corruption of any
sort by government officials or employees.
charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
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For further information contact:
State of Michigan, Department of Attorney General