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— The Brandon Township Library is suing a former director for more than $270,000 in damages for allegedly faking her educational credentials to get her job.

The Oakland Circuit Court lawsuit says Paula Jo Crowfoot Gauthier defrauded the public library beginning in 2005 when she applied for jobs as assistant director and director of the library. She became director in September 2006 with an annual $58,240 salary and benefits.

Gauthier of Rochester Hills could not be reached for comment Monday.

According to the complaint, Gauthier was hired in 2001 as an adult services department head and later turned in a resume which said she had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Michigan.

In fact, according to the lawsuit, Gauthier did not have any post-high school bachelor degree, library services degree, masters of library science degree from any accredited college or university.

The lawsuit alleges Gauthier breached her duty and obligations by falsifying her credentials and filing false reports with the library’s board of trustees and state of Michigan. The actions prohibited the library from receiving state money and by “abusing her power” as director she appropriated funds for her own benefit, the lawsuit alleges.

Among financial damages itemized in the complaint: $35,028 in state aid; $60,084 in retirement contribution; and $121,989 in excess salary when promoted to a job she was not qualified to hold.

The lawsuit has been assigned to Judge Rudy Nichols.

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