PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Court documents shed new light on the allegations against the former treasurer of the City of Portland.
Brenda Schrauben, 43, is accused of embezzling between $1,000 and $20,000. She has pleaded not guilty.
As treasurer, Schrauben was in charge of recording vacation and sick time for city employees, according to Michigan State Police.
Those records were used to track the amount of time each employee had available to be cashed out. The city allows employees to cash out half of their remaining sick time once a year.
According to investigators, a deputy treasurer noticed Schrauben cashed out 32 hours of sick leave in June 2014.
They say it appeared odd because they did not believe Schrauben had that much sick time available. The deputy treasurer went to the city manager and the city began tracking Schrauben’s vacation and sick time, according to court documents.
They noticed she was not recording all of the time she took off, with some of those days either being paid as if she had worked all or part of the day, according to a MSP investigator.
Court documents show the City of Portland hired an accountant to perform an audit for an 18 month period between July 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014.
The audit found Schrauben took 65 hours of vacation or sick time she did not account for. Instead, she recorded the time as if she had actually worked those hours so she could cash in the time later.
The audit also found in June 2014 she cashed in 32 hours of sick time when she was only allowed to cash in 15 hours.
The city says she was not supposed to get paid for those 17 hours because it was time she had not earned.
The 65 unclaimed hours totals to $2,500 taken from the city which she is accused of embezzling.