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News Release

Embezzlement Investigation and Arrest - Hartford Township - 1461-17

Nature of Incident: 

Embezzlement Investigation and Arrest.

Incident #: 17-1461

Date of News Release: 

June 15th, 2017

Date of Investigation: 

Investigation was conducted into missing funds from Hartford Township during January 2011 through December 2016.  

Location:  

Township of Hartford; Township Hall located at 61310 CR 687, Van Buren County.

Suspect/Arraigned: 

Gerrie Lee Heskett, 61-year-old female from Hartford.

Charges: 

Embezzlement between the amounts of $50,000-$100,000. 

Narrative: 

Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that in January of this year (2017) the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation, at the request of the Hartford Township Board, into alleged missing funds that were the responsibility of the Township’s longtime Cemetery Sexton, Gerrie Heskett.   

A forensic auditor assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation of Hartford Township’s financial and bookkeeping documents along with evidence collected by law enforcement on several search warrants executed in relation to this investigation. 

The investigative report was turned over to the County Prosecutor’s Office for review.   The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office did authorize this week charges on Ms. Heskett for “Embezzlement” between the amounts of $50,000 and $100,000. 

The amount of the theft and/or misappropriation of funds discovered during this investigation is not being released at this time. 

Gerrie Heskett did appear in South Haven District Court yesterday, Wednesday June 14th, 2017, and was arraigned on the embezzlement charge. 

Gerrie Heskett’s next appearance date on this charge is July 5th, 2017 at 1:00 pm in South Haven District Court.

Investigating Deputies: 

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division

Supervisor Contact: 

Detective Lieutenant Thomas Macyauski (Macyauskit@vbco.org)

Criminal Investigations Division 269-657-7711 X-3406 

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department. 

Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to www.vbcsheriff.com and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon