FREMONT, Mich. (WOOD) — The now former payroll manager for Fremont Public Schools watched through Zoom Thursday morning as a judge arraigned her on two felonies.
Jennifer Kraus is charged with embezzlement and using a computer to commit a crime.
The charges carry 15 years and 10 years in prison, respectively.
“In late May, we became aware that some money had turned up missing in a variety of both internal and external accounts,” Fremont Public Schools Superintendent Ken Haggart told News 8 Thursday afternoon. “Our business manager did some background auditing, and she does this a couple times a year, and in the course of the audit, she discovered there was missing money.”
In all, Haggart said investigators believe Kraus took about $64,000 over three years. She worked for the district for five years before being terminated for the allegations.
“Fortunately, Fremont Public Schools was bonded and in this case, that means we were insured for the money,” Haggart added. “So, our insurance company has reimbursed us for the money lost and now they will seek to have their money returned to them.”
Kraus is currently out on bond.
A preliminary examination for the case has been set for Aug. 20.