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Former Camp Fish Tales employee convicted of embezzling money

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PINCONNING, MI (WNEM) -

A woman was convicted of embezzling $50,000 from a camp she worked at.

Peggy Thompson, 55, is a former employee at Camp Fish Tales in Pinconning. The camp is a barrier free camp for residents with physical and developmental disabilities.

The Michigan State Police conducted an investigation into Thompson’s actions and charged her with the theft of substantial funds from the camp’s operating budget, according to Camp Fish Tales.

On Jan. 4 she was sentenced to five years probation and a $35,000 restitution. She was also sentenced to 90 days in jail with no credit for time served.

“Peggy Thompson’s senseless and malicious syphoning of funds that are so necessary to our continual day to day operations has brought the Camp to the edge of financial ruin. Just a few months ago our Board of Directors, with heavy hearts, was forced to take such drastic actions as closing the Camp and releasing all of its employees, some of whom have worked at the Camp for over a decade," said Matt Rassette, a member of the camp's board of directors.

After word of Thompson’s actions got out, the camp made changes to their financial oversight process.

They hired an outside company to maintain the record keeping for the camp, file tax and government forms, and make operational payments, the camp said.

“We were close to the edge, but we did not go over. Thanks to the generosity of others and the determination and hard work of our board, we are committed to reopen a new and better Camp Fish Tales this summer," said Karl Ieuter, Midland businessman.

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