Veryser takes plea deal in St. Mary’s embezzlement case

| March 10, 2012

CHARLEVOIX — The former principal of St. Mary’s School who was accused of embezzling thousands from the school took advantage of a plea agreement in the criminal case against her today, Friday.

Keisha Veryser, 36, of Hayes Township today pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement, $1,000-$20,000, a five-year felony. In exchange for her pleas, three more identical charges and two counts of perjury in a non-court proceeding will be dismissed.

Another part of the plea agreement with the Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s office is that she agrees to a restitution amount of $75,000, with $37,500 to be paid at the time of sentencing.

Veryser’s plea was accepted by Otsego County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Murphy, who was assigned to preside over the criminal case after Charlevoix County Circuit Court Judge Richard M. Pajtas, a member of St. Mary’s Church, recused himself from the case.

The charges stem from Veryser’s employment as principal at St. Mary School from Aug. 1 2006-March 17, 2010.

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