Gas station manager embezzled approximately $37,000.

April 2, 2018

Angela Smith with defense attorney Julie Springstead Waltz.

Gas station manager embezzled approximately $37,000.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — The sentencing of a 46-year-old Ludington woman who embezzled approximately $37,000 from the Marathon gas station in Shelby was adjourned in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 2, so restitution in the case can be addressed.

Angela Ruth Smith, of 501 Resseguie St., pleaded guilty, Feb. 5, to embezzlement $20,000-$50,000.

Smith, who was the store a manager, faces a jail term that will not exceed four months pursuant to the plea agreement.

An Oceana County Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that Smith stole “a large amount of cash, lottery tickets, and some other food items,” previously stated Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

Smith’s attorney Julie Springstead Waltz asked Judge Bradley G. Lambrix for an adjournment due to a discrepancy in the exact restitution amount.

Lambrix, who said the restitution is approximately $37,000, allowed the adjournment. “It makes sense to evaluate,” he said.

Both he and Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said the restitution amount is “considerable.”

Smith admitted in court that the embezzlement occurred during a time period of August of 2015 to January of 2018.

Embezzlement $20,000-$50,000 is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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