TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A warrant was issued today by Judge Robert Cooney in the 86th District Court Court for retired Michigan Department of Treasury employee Cheryl Anne Hall, 63-years-old, of Traverse City.
Hall was charged with the following:
- 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; and
- 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.
Today’s charges follow a two-year investigation prompted by a tip from a taxpayer who noticed payment discrepancies. The Treasury Department’s internal investigation revealed a sophisticated payment scheme. Treasury then asked the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General to conduct a criminal investigation. Today’s charges are a result of that investigation.
Attorney General Nessel commended the Department of Treasury and the Michigan State Police for their investigation, saying “While it’s incredibly disappointing to know that a former state employee appears to have taken advantage of her position to enrich herself, I am incredibly proud of the work our team of investigators did to bring this case to light. I know justice will prevail.”
The Department of Treasury has ensured the victims in the case were credited or reimbursed.
“State of Michigan employees are expected to be honest, transparent and good stewards of the public’s money. When they aren’t, they must be held accountable,” said Treasurer Rachael Eubanks. “I am proud of Treasury’s staff for taking quick action to have this thoroughly investigated and for identifying and implementing improved technology and procedures to protect Michiganders.”
Anyone with additional information regarding this case, including any resident who submitted returns to the Traverse City office and think they might have been a victim, are asked to call the Cadillac State Police post at 231-779-6040.