Highland Park School Official Charged With Embezzlement

STAFF WRITER, clickondetroit.com

School Official Accused Of Embezzlement
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - A former Highland Park assistant principal was charged Wednesday with embezzlement on accusations he took more than $36,000 from a school union.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said Dr. Samuel Craig, 54, is charged with embezzlement and fraudulent use of a financial transaction device. Schuette said Craig served as the elected treasurer for the Highland Park Association of School Administrators while he was employed as an assistant principal in the Highland Park School District.

It is alleged that Craig embezzled more than $36,000 between April 2009 and March 2011. Craig allegedly acquired signed checks from union officials who thought the checks would be used to pay legitimate financial obligations for the organization. Instead, it is alleged Craig wrote the checks out to himself and deposited the funds for his own personal use. Schuette also alleges Craig authorized electronic funds transfers to his own personal accounts and procured a debit card allegedly used for personal expenses without the Association's knowledge or authorization.

"The bank records clearly indicate that he used the ATM card from the union's funds to pay for personal expenses," Davis said.

Davis said Craig used union money for campaigning for the school district's superintendent position.

Craig has denied any wrongdoing since the investigation began several months ago.

Craig declined an interview with Local 4 on Wednesday, but in a previous May interview had said he "adamantly" denied using any money for personal use.