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Embezzlement Arrest - Byron/Gaines Township

October 29th, 2019 10:20 am

Contact: Sgt. Joel Roon - 616.632.6106
Email: joel.roon@kentcountymi.gov
Supervisor Approval: Sgt. Roon 
Case Number:  19-52064
Incident Type: Embezzlement 

On October 8, 2019, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by officials from Byron and Gaines Townships and notified of a possible embezzlement by a public official. The Cutlerville Fire Department is owned and operated by Byron and Gaines Townships pursuant to an Inter-Governmental Agreement. An investigation was launched when townsihp officials conducted an audit that showed several pieces of property purchased during a renovation project that began in 2016 were missing from the Cutlerville Fire Department.

Further investigation revealed Todd Carl Szakacs served as Fire Administrator for the Cutlerville Fire Department through December 2018. Szakacs supervised the renovation project and was involved in the purchasing of material and equipment related to the project. Investigators conducted a search warrant and located several of the missing items at Szakacs’ residence.

The case was reviewed by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office and the following charges were authorized:

Embezzlement – Public Official

Computers – Using to Commit a Crime