Ex-Wayne Co. manager charged in $90K theft

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

A former Wayne County employee has been charged Wednesday in connection with an alleged embezzlement and larceny scheme, officials said. 

Kurt Thomas Eschmann, 34, is charged with one count of embezzlement more than $50,000 (a 15-year felony), using a computer to commit a felony (a 10-year felony) and larceny by conversion of $20,000 or more (a 10-year felony).  

Kurt Thomas Eschmann

Eschmann allegedly committed the crimes while working as a telecommunications manager for the county's department of technology between April 1, 2013, and April 30, 2016, when he resigned. 

The prosecutor's office said Eschmann allegedly ordered over 200 cell phones and IPads under the county’s communications contract and kept the devices for himself.  Some of the devices were sold online, while others were given to Sprint for credit on his personal cell phone bill. 

The retail value of the stolen devices was more than $90,000, the prosecutor's office said.  

"In this capacity, he was responsible for ordering electronic devices for Wayne County," according to a press release from the prosecutor's office. "His criminal activities were uncovered as the result of an independent performance audit conducted by the Wayne County Office of the Legislative Auditor General."

Eschmann is expected to be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in 36th District Court.


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