Former treasurer charged with embezzlement due back in court next month
BAY CITY — A preliminary examination scheduled for Aug. 20 in 74th District Court in Bay County in the case of former Gibson Township Treasurer Pamela Cousineau was adjourned, and a settlement conference scheduled for last Friday is now set for Sept. 26.
According to information from the court, the defense filed a 14-day waiver to adjourn the preliminary examination, and during the settlement conference, both the defense and prosecution requested more time to review discovery material.
The Sept. 26 settlement conference is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. with District Court Judge Timothy Kelly.
Cousineau, 53, of Bentley, has been charged with one count of embezzlement by a public official more than $50 and one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $20,000 or more but less than $50,000. Both charges are felonies, with the first count carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a $5,000 fine, and the second count punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $15,000 or three times the amount embezzled.
A copy of the police report from the Bay County Sheriff’s Department alleges Cousineau made cash withdrawals from various township accounts from 2005-2008 and many of the withdrawal dates and amounts match up with deposit amounts of Cousineau’s personal checking account.