Woman pleads guilty to embezzlement from Jackson manufacturer

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A Jackson County woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly half a million dollars from a Pleasant Lake auto company.

Abigail Terwilliger, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday, March 15, to one count of embezzling more than $100,000 from her former employer Peak Manufacturing, officials said.

Related: Jackson County woman charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from employer

Terwilliger is scheduled to appear before Jackson County Circuit Judge Susan Jordan for sentencing on April 27.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office first learned of the situation in January, when a deputy was called to Peak Manufacturing’s main office in Pleasant Lake, north of Jackson, to investigate a suspected case of embezzlement, police said earlier.

During the investigation, it was determined that an employee responsible for accounts payable created duplicate invoices and manipulated payments to the employee’s personal accounts, the Jackson County Sheriff said at the time. Gary Schuette.

Detectives completed multiple search warrants to obtain all bank records for Terwilliger’s company and banking institutions, Schuette said. After obtaining the records and consulting with an accounting firm, it was determined that the amount misappropriated was over $500,000.

Terwilliger surrendered under an arrest warrant in early June and received a personal bond of $2,500. According to court records, Terwilliger’s period of alleged embezzlement could date back to early 2017.

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