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DeWitt woman charged with embezzling more than $300,000 from veterinary clinic

DEWITT, MI — DeWitt resident Jennifer Miller is accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from her former employer, the Abbott Road Animal Clinic in East Lansing.

Lauren Shields 2022

Abbott Road Veterinary Clinic

According to court documents from District Court 54B in East Lansing, Miller allegedly embezzled $311,637 from the clinic between 2018 and 2021 when she was office manager. She allegedly used unauthorized written checks, ATM withdrawals and made purchases on Amazon and GrubHub.

DeWitt woman charged with embezzling more than $300,000 from veterinary clinic

Lauren Shields 2022

District Court 54B

The clinic owner says she had no idea until she was discovered by her accountant.

According to court documents, the owner took out business loans to make up for the loss and was penalized by the IRS, “due to unknown and unauthorized expenses.”

The clinic’s owner declined an interview, but Miller’s defense attorney, William Amadeo, wrote in a statement to FOX 47 News, “Jen is a wonderful mother, wife and person. I intend to fight for Jen and her family.

Miller pleaded not guilty to one count of embezzlement of $100,000 or more, a crime for which she could face up to 20 years in prison.

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