Southeast Michigan Official Charged for Embezzling Property Tax Payments to Pay for Personal Bills

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AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan State Police today announced embezzlement charges against Augusta Township Deputy Treasurer Brendan Humeniak, 21, of Willis. Humeniak is charged with three counts of Embezzlement by a Public Official, Agent, or Servant, over $50, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.Embezzlement

“Hardworking taxpayers should not have to worry about receiving a delinquent tax notice as a result of a public official breaking the law,” said Schuette. “We will continue to work with law enforcement to hold accountable anyone seeking to violate the public’s trust.”

“The Michigan State Police is committed to working with Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office to aggressively investigate public corruption,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP Director.  “Protecting the citizens of Michigan is our top priority and that includes holding public officials at any level of government accountable if they abuse the power entrusted to them.”

The charges result from a Michigan State Police (MSP) and Department of Attorney General Public Integrity Unit joint investigation into Augusta Township record keeping after local residents received delinquency notices on property taxes they had already paid. Augusta Township is located in Washtenaw County.

It is alleged that Humeniak removed cash deposits intended for property taxes and used the funds to pay his personal bills instead.

Humeniak was arraigned on Thursday October 29th, 2015 in 14A-2 District Court in Ypsilanti before Judge Kirk W. Tabbey. Judge Tabbey assigned Humeniak a $5,000 bond. Humeniak is next due in court for a pre-examination conference on November 5th, 2015 and a preliminary examination for November 12th, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.