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Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:13

Former Cros-Lex Middle School Secretary reaches plea bargain in embezzlement case

(CROSWELL) -- The former Cros-Lex Middle School Secretary accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from student fundraisers is scheduled to be sentenced in Sanilac County Circuit Court November 19 after reaching a plea bargain. 39-year old Cheryl Francis plead no contest to one count of embezzling more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 during her court appearance Monday. The Croswell woman is expected to have the two other counts of embezzling dismissed at sentencing. The charge carries a maximum prison term of 5-years or a $10,000 fine. Authorities say the alleged theft occurred over a 3-year period.