October 24, 2014

Schultz appointed special prosecutor on Arenac Township embezzlement case

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WEST BRANCH — Ogemaw County Prosecuting Attorney LaDonna Schultz has been appointed to serve as a special prosecutor in the embezzlement case against former Arenac Township Treasurer Bonnie Campbell.

Schultz told the Independent via a press release that the Michigan Attorney General’s office informed her of the appointment June 5 due to a conflict of interest within the Arenac County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Schultz said a preliminary examination was scheduled for June 9 in the case, but due to the short notice and the case file being 1,700 pages long, the charges will be dismissed without prejudice until she is able to review the case and determine appropriate charges.

She told the Independent that in a sense, the case is starting over from the beginning.

“I think we have to, because there are a couple of other things the police need to do and I need to read all of it,” she said.

When a charge is dismissed without prejudice, the dismissed charge can be reissued by the prosecution.

All documents and records regarding the case have been requested from the Michigan State Police and Arenac County Prosecutor’s Office for review, Schultz said.

Campbell was charged with embezzlement. She was alleged to have embezzled approximately $20,000 from Arenac Township while serving as township treasurer from 2006 to 2011.

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