SAULT STE. MARIE — Three suspects have been arrested in connection with an investigation into what is now the largest embezzlement on record in Chippewa County.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department received a complaint alleging embezzlement from the Ramada Ojibway Inn in the fall of 2017. The investigation into the complaint led police to multiple suspects from Chippewa and Mackinac counties.
Detectives from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department and the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Michigan State Police executed search warrants on multiple residences, financial institutions and businesses. Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department also loaned the expertise of their Foresenic Computer Investigator, which, according to authorities was instrumental in gathering digital evidence and attempting to learn the full extent of the amount of money involved.
Investigators say that at this point, the dollar amount is believed to exceed $500,000 from several different types of theft and fraud, making it the largest embezzlement on record in Chippewa County. It is alleged that the individuals were not only embezzling funds, but were also overcharging customer credit cards and refusing refunds while the embezzlement was occurring.
On January 11th, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Chippewa County authorized arrest warrants for multiple charges against three individuals. Charges against the three include conducting a criminal enterprise, which allegedly involved embezzlement, larceny and forgery.
The defendant’s names are being withheld pending their arraignment. Additional arrest warrants are anticipated.
The Ramada Ojibway Inn is now under new management and the owners have demonstrated a commitment to rectifying the situation for their guests. Customers who have been overcharged on their credit cards and have not been refunded should contact Detective Harp by phone at (906) 632-5752 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.