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Female Childcare Worker Avoids a Felony Embezzlement Conviction and Arrest Record by Completing a Diversion Program

Dec 30, 2020, by Tiffany DeBruin in Case Results, Fraud

A 50+ year old female childcare worker client who was working a second part time job at a local retail store was charged with felony embezzlement out of Eaton County. She was not made aware of the allegations and did not realize there were charges pending until almost 9 years later when she was pulled over for a speeding ticket.

After being hired, attorney Tiffany DeBruin reviewed the police report, the documents from the store, and the video evidence. Attorney DeBruin had the client participate in proactive measures and, seeing several weaknesses in the state’s case, discussed the matter with the prosecutor. The prosecutor agreed that these cases generally are not appropriate for diversion, but given the client’s background, proactivity, and the weaknesses in the case, the prosecutor agreed for the client to participate in the diversion program. She successfully completed the program two weeks after beginning it, due to our proactive measures, and now the case has been dismissed and there will be no conviction or arrest record.

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