Former Oak Park employee investigated for embezzlement
Oak Park — A former city worker is under investigation for suspected embezzlement of several hundred thousand dollars, city manager Erik Tungate confirmed Friday.
No one has been charged, but Tungate said he believes there is a real possibility someone will be.
“This involves the public trust and that trust was violated,” Tungate said. “I believe if it is determined crimes were committed, then the person responsible should be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law.”
Questionable expenditures were initially discovered in March, he said, and after an internal investigation, the suspected employee was immediately terminated. She had been employed with the city for three years.
“City expenditures had been falsified,” Tungate said. “Our internal investigation found that, our insurance company determined that and, I suspect, that will ultimately be the outcome of an investigation now being done by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.”
Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe would not comment Friday other than to confirm the sheriff’s special investigations unit has been working on an embezzlement case at Oak Park City Hall.
No one is in custody, he said.
Tungate would not disclose the amount that was embezzled, but said it was sizable.
“I don’t want to discuss amounts or other details because of the pending investigation,” Tungate said. “I can say 100 percent of it has been replaced.”
Only one former employee is suspected, he said.
“The fired employee believed responsible was in some serious financial difficulty and apparently was desperate,” he said.