Judge calls actions of Hart woman ‘reprehensible’ in embezzlement case.

August 9, 2016
Traci Ross with her attorney, David Glancy.

Traci Ross with her attorney, David Glancy.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — Judge Susan K. Sniegowski told a 41-year-old Hart woman convicted of embezzling $12,000 from her employer that her actions were “reprehensible” during sentencing in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Traci Liane Ross, 41, of 415 S. Dryden St., pleaded guilty last June to embezzlement $1,000-$20,000. She stole money from Smalley Construction Company in Scottville.

“Stealing money from your employer is an abuse of the trust of the relationship,” Sniegowski said. “It’s devastating to a small business.”

“This woman was a friend and was siphoning away their money,” said Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Glen Jackson III.”

“We discovered that our bookkeeper was embezzling money from our business,” said Sue Smalley, who addressed the court. “We treated her like family. I hope we can move on and put this behind us.”

Smalley said the construction business has been in operation for over 40 years. She said she is thankful that “justice is to be served,” and thanked Deputy Tom Brown of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, Jackson and Sniegowski.

“Embezzlement is like a cancer is growing in our community,” Smalley said. “I appreciate everyone who brought this case to justice.”

“She clearly accepts responsibility for her actions,” said Ross’ attorney David Glancy.

Sniegowski followed the plea agreement, ordering that Ross pay $12,000 in restitution; serve a one-year discretionary jail term with 30 days up front; and serve two years probation. Ross received credit for one day served in jail.

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