CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department received a complaint alleging embezzlement from the Ramada Ojibway Inn in the fall of 2017.
The investigation led police to multiple suspects from both Chippewa and Mackinac counties.
Detective Harp along with officers from Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police executed search warrants on multiple residences, financial institutions, and businesses.
The sheriff’s department Forensic Computer Investigator gathered digital evidence and helped learn the full extent of the amount of money involved.
At this point in the investigation the dollar amount is believed to be over $500,000 from several different types of theft and fraud.
This is the largest embezzlement on record in Chippewa County.
Allegedly, the suspects were also overcharging customer credit cards and refusing refunds while the embezzlement was occurring.
On January 11th, the Prosecuting Attorney for Chippewa County authorized arrest warrants for three individuals.
Charges include conducting a criminal enterprise. The enterprise is alleged to include embezzlement, larceny, and forgery.
The names of the suspects will be released when they are arraigned in court. Additional arrest warrants are anticipated.
The Ramada Ojibway Inn is now under new management and the owners are committed to rectifying the situation for their guests.
Customers who have been overcharged on their credit card and have not been refunded are encouraged to contact Detective Harp at 906-632-5752 or email at email@example.com