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Charges remain in Whitmore Lake embezzlement case, records snafu blamed for error

It now appears that charges have not been dropped against a Wayne County woman charged with embezzling from her employer in Whitmore Lake.

Kendra Marie Lewis, 42, of Redford, is accused of stealing more than $176,000 from Big Ike’s Roofing Co., where she worked as the office manager.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had publicly announced the charges last December, saying the owner of the company discovered that Lewis was embezzling when a new office manager was hired.

Nessel said Lewis was believed to have embezzled approximately $176,653 in 2020 and 2021 by writing checks payable to herself and then recording them in the business ledger as being payable to various vendors for lesser amounts.

“Theft, especially that which targets our state’s small businesses, causes harm to individual proprietors and drives up prices for all the community’s residents,” Nessel said. “I will not hesitate to prosecute those who break the law.” 

However, according to Washtenaw County court records, it appeared as if the charges had been dropped on June 14, when an order of Nolle Prosequi was entered. Nolle prosequi is a legal notice or entry of record that the prosecutor has decided to abandon the prosecution.

But AG Spokesperson Danny Wimmer now tells GIGO News that such an order was never filed and the online court records were in error.

Lewis, who had been bound over for trial on a single count of embezzlement of $100,000 or more, a 20-year felony, and two counts of failure to file taxes, 5-year felonies, is now due back in court on Friday for a pre-trial conference in front of Judge Arianne E. Slay.

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