Woman gets jail term for embezzlement

Carrie Flath

ESCANABA — A Rapid River woman was sentenced to 12 months in jail on embezzlement charges in Delta County Circuit Court Monday.

Carrie Selma Flath, 40, of 8269 School 16 Rd., Rapid River, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement – $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 from a non-profit or charitable organization. The non-profit or charitable organization is the Delta County Junior Golf Association.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement – $200 or more but less than $1,000 from a non-profit or charitable organization. The non-profit or charitable organization in this case is the United Way of Delta County.

Flath was sentenced to 12 months in jail and given credit for 13 days already served on the first count. She will also be placed on probation for three years.

Flath was sentenced to six months in jail and given credit for 13 days already served on the second count.

Both sentences are to be served concurrently.

Before imposing the sentencing, Circuit Court Judge John Economopoulos said taking everything into account, the decisions Flath made were not an accident or a mistake.

“This was something that could not have been done unless you had all of the … patience and strategy of a chess player to undertake what you undertook — and that’s just the cold hard truth,” he said.

Flath was facing four charges of embezzlement from incidents that occurred from Jan. 1 through Oct. 31, 2018.

In February, Flath received a plea bargain from the prosecutor’s office where the office dismissed two of the embezzlement charges in exchange of her guilty pleas for the two other counts.

Restitution for all four cases of embezzlement were also included in the plea agreement. Flath is to pay the restitution for all four cases, which would total $14,091.24.

She was also ordered to pay $1,336 in fines and costs.

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