Traverse City woman arrested, accused of embezzling from taxpayers


    Traverse City woman, Cheryl Hall, arrested, accused of embezzling from taxpayers.

    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A former treasury employee accused of embezzling was found and arrested on Saturday.

    Cheryl Hall, 63 from Traverse City, is lodged in the Grand Traverse County jail.

    Hall is accused of embezzling from taxpayers while she worked at the Michigan Department of Treasury, according to the Michigan Attorney General's office.

    The following charges were issued for Hall on January 25:

    • One count of embezzlement by a public official of at least $50,000 but less than $100,000, a felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or $25,000, or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater;
    • Three counts of identity theft, a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or $25,000;
    • Three counts of allowing a false statement to be made in a tax return, a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $5,000;
    • Three counts of larceny by conversion, a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $10,000, or three times the value of the property stolen.

    The charges come after a two-year investigation after a taxpayer noticed discrepancies.

    The Treasury Department’s internal investigation revealed a sophisticated payment scheme and asked the Michigan State Police and the Attorney's General's Office to investigate.

    The Department of Treasury said all victims will be credited or reimbursed.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Michigan State Police at (231) 779-6040.

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