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CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD) -- A Caledonia Community Schools staff member is accused of embezzling technology equipment from the district.
Anthony Jason Marsiglia, 38, was arraigned in 63rd District Court Wednesday on one count of felony embezzlement between $20,000 and $50,000, according to a Kent County Sheriff's Office release.
The district said Marsiglia was a staff member at Duncan Lake Middle School. He has been placed on administrative leave pending internal and police investigations, according to a letter sent to parents from Superintendent Randy Rodriguez.
The investigation began on March 30 when sheriff's deputies found several suspicious pawn shop transactions dating as far back as six years ago. The items being pawned included several computers and overhead projectors. Some items were still in their packaging, according to court documents.
Investigators said they learned that the pawner was a Caledonia Community Schools staff member and contacted district officials, who confirmed the items had been stolen.
Marsiglia was interviewed by detectives and confessed to stealing and then pawning the items for more than $28,000, court documents said.
In 2009, Marsiglia was convicted of misdemeanor drug use after he was caught with cocaine at a house party in Ada Township. At the time of his arrest, he was a fifth grade teacher at Dutton Elementary in Caledonia. Court documents in that case state police responded to a loud music complaint. Once inside, deputies noticed lines of cocaine on a kitchen table that Marsiglia admitted to buying and using, according to the affidavit.
The superintendent would not comment Thursday on Marsiglia's job status.