Charges authorized by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office against former Clerk/Treasurer

Press release

Milan, MI, January 16, 2015 – Former Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Milan, Ms. Sherry

Steinwedel, was arraigned in 1st District Court in Monroe on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 on a

charge of Embezzlement by a Public Official over $50.00. The charge is a felony and if

convicted carries a maximum penalty of not more than 10 years in prison or a fine of not more

than $5,000.00.

It is alleged that the former Clerk/Treasurer, who had already announced her resignation and was

in the process of transitioning out at the time this was discovered, had used her city credit card

for personal transactions. There does not appear to be any direct correlation between the

resignation and the discovery of this matter.

The City of Milan’s auditing firm, Post, Smythe, Lutz, and Ziel, LLP discovered what appeared

to be discrepancies involving one of the funds that was being reviewed in late November of

2014, during the annual audit process. The matter was turned over to the Milan Police Chief to

initiate a police report, and to contact the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan

State Police to request an independent investigation, which has been completed and resulted in

the listed charge. A complete review of the transactions involving the card in question indicated

the activity appears to involve a sum under $5,000.00. The transactions were being recorded as

personal purchases within the fund in question.

This appears to be an isolated problem, as the annual audit has been completed and there were no

other discrepancies discovered. The audit has been completed and turned into the Michigan

Department of Treasury for their review.

The City of Milan is committed to transparency, as well as a high level of ethics within city

government. The city has been in the process of and will continue to implement procedures

which will provide for more efficient monitoring systems of the city’s finances by City

Administration.

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