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Woman accused of stealing 'large sum' of money from Leelanau County business

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LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- A 52-year-old woman is being accused of stealing money from a Leelanau County business for nearly 10 years.

The 52-year-old woman from Empire was arrested Friday.

According to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, in July of 2016, representatives of Leelanau Redi-Mix made a report saying they suspected an employee may be stealing money.

The investigation has been ongoing since July.

"In this particular case they seemed to have a lot of information even before we were involved," Sheriff Mike Borkovich said.

Deputies say through the investigation, it was determined the theft of funds has been happening since 2008.

Deputies say the woman is suspected of embezzling a 'large sum of money'.

The woman was arrested on a felony embezzlement charge of over $100,000 , which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Sheriff Borkovich says the amount she is accused of stealing is much more than $100,000.

"It's serious," The Sheriff said. "It's peoples' jobs and it's the health of the company. If the company is healthy the community will be healthy."

The woman has since bonded out of jail and is scheduled for arraignment on March 28.

The woman's name has not been officially released yet, however a business consultant for Leelanau Redi-Mix contacted 7&4 News and confirmed that her name is Carolyn Taylor. Court records also reflect that.

The owners of the business are Charles and Marylyn Flaska.

Family members who are helping them to sort through this mess, tell us they started the business in 1977.

They say it has definitely been difficult and it's certainly impacted their trust, however the morale among the employees is positive and the company is anticipating a busy summer.

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