Andrea Beth Quigg, 35, of Muskegon pleaded not guilty when she arraigned Oct. 2 on charges of embezzling between $1,000 and $20,000 from a vulnerable adult, forgery, and uttering and publishing.
Quigg faces up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine if convicted on the embezzlement charge. The forgery and uttering and publishing charges carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
Community Mental Health first contacted police on Sept. 10 about the case.
“They were alerted by a family member after (the victim's) family noticed improprieties of his finances,” said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. “The investigation is showing at this point that there is several thousand dollars of missing funds from the victim’s accounts that can be attributed to Ms. Quigg. There doesn’t appear to be any other victims at this point."
Quigg turned herself in last week and posted bond, Bennett said.
Bennett said he believes Quigg worked for Community Mental Health for several years. He noted that she no longer works for the agency.
“They took action on her employment at the time of the investigation,” Bennett said.
Court documents noted the investigation covered a period from November of 2011 through this July. One of the victim’s checks written to and endorsed by Quigg was for $250 on May 3, according to the court documents.
Although he has worked on numerous embezzlement cases, Bennett said he has not seen anything like this one. However, he declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
The case is being handled through the Sheriff’s Department, instead of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, because of the original contact through the county agency, Bennett said.
Quigg's preliminary examination in District Court is set for Oct. 29.