October 20, 2014

Former Gibson Treasurer charged with embezzlement due in court Wednesday

Bay County police allege former Gibson Township Treasurer Pamela Cousineau made cash withdrawals from township accounts that correspond with deposits in her personal account.
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BAY CITY — A former Gibson Township Treasurer charged with two counts of embezzlement is scheduled to appear in 74th District Court in Bay County Aug. 20 for a preliminary examination.

Pamela Cousineau, 53, of Bentley, has been charged with one count of embezzlement by a public official more than $50 — a 10-year or $5,000 felony charge — and one count of embezzlement of an agent or trustee of $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, which carries a punishment of 10 years in prison and/or $15,000 or three times the amount embezzled.

A copy of the police report from the Bay County Sheriff’s Department alleges Cousineau made cash withdrawals from various township accounts from 2005-2008 and many of the withdrawal dates and amounts match up with deposit amounts of Cousineau’s personal checking account.

According to the police report, a detective from Bay County interviewed Cousineau in October 2013, at which time she told him cash withdrawals were made from a PNC Bank account in Midland and deposited into a bank account at what is now FirstMerit Bank in Standish for the township’s fire department. From 2005-2008, more than $77,000 in cash withdrawals were made from the township’s accounts, with many of the withdrawal receipts signed for by Cousineau, the police report shows.

Gibson Township Fire Chief Daniel Chapman and firefighter Terry Whitney, who oversees the fire department’s account at FirstMerit, told police that the FirstMerit account is for petty cash and typically has between $700 and $900 in it, fluctuating throughout the year. Chapman told police he always received checks from the township board to make deposits in the account, and never received cash or asked Cousineau to put cash into the account.

Current township treasurer Kim Kroczaleski told police there was a delay in reporting the incident because there had been changes in township officials and multiple discussions on how to move forward. Kroczaleski said the township did not want to falsely accuse anyone of wrongdoings, the police report said. Trustee Al Dixon told police along with multiple changes in township officials, the delay was also due to an audit being completed.

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