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Former Webberville treasurer enters plea to embezzlement charge

A former Webberville village employee pleaded no contest Wednesday to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars of village funds.

In a plea deal with prosecutors, 53-year-old Jaymee Hord, Webberville’s former clerk treasurer, will not have to serve any upfront jail time, but the Lansing State Journal reports she will have to pay restitution to the village. In exchange for pleading no contest to a charge of embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000 by an agent or trustee, which is a five-year felony, a charge of embezzlement of $50,000 to $100,000, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, was dropped.

A no contest plea is not as admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing, which is set for June 26.

Officials say between July 2018 and April 2022, Hord diverted more than $47,000 in property tax and utility payments as well as submitted fake payroll claims valued at approximately $50,000. The missing funds were discovered by an outside auditing firm in March 2022.

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