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I-Team: More details emerge about Portage embezzlement charges

Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Newschannel 3 I-Team has uncovered new details on the embezzlement charges for a former Portage City Council member.

Elizabeth Campbell is charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from the Portage Rotary Club.

And it happened while she was president of the organization.

At her arraignment this week Campbell learned she was charged with felony embezzlement.  And it comes after almost three months of investigating by Portage Public Safety.

Investigators say at the end of July the Portage Rotary came to them asking them to look into its former president Elizabeth Campbell and allegations of missing money.

"The investigation went from the information that the Rotary gave us as to the different funds where the money had been missing, where they couldn't find it. So we started backtracking the funds looking at where money was coming in and going out," says Lieutenant Brian Vanden Brink

What they uncovered, according to Newschannel 3 sources, is that Campbell had embezzled $39,000 between February 2010 and October of last year.

"She was in control of the bank accounts for those different funds from the rotary and she would have been the only one to have access to take the money at the time the money was missing from those accounts," says Vanden Brink.

What was thought to be very unusual at the time, Campbell resigned from the city council in August, knowing the investigation was in motion.

Investigators say the money was taken in small amounts to be undetected.

The president of the Portage Rotary told us in a statement that it has multiple safe guards in place to insure its donor’s money is safe and used as intended.  He says all the money has been paid back.
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