Boosters’ former treasurer charged with embezzlement

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – A 39-year old resident has been charged with embezzling funds from a booster club at Riverview Community High School.

Shelie Anne Gendron was charged with embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000 from a nonprofit organization by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy yesterday. The felony charge carries up to 10 years in prison.

Gendron is alleged to have embezzled more than $14,000 between April and November 2010, when she served as treasurer of the high school’s varsity football booster club.

Gendron was arraigned Thursday in front of 27th District Court Judge Randy Kalmbach. Her bond was set at $20,000, and a preliminary examination of the evidence against her is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Supt. Dennis Desmarais did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.

This is the second such case for the district in recent years.

In 2009, former high school Assistant Principal Lisa Zoltowski was charged with one count of embezzlement after allegedly stealing more than $7,000 from parking pass accounts during the school years covering 2005 to 2007.

She resigned during the investigation and entered into the prosecutor’s diversion program, under which she was ordered to repay the money and was eligible to have her record expunged but avoided jail time.

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