Rhonda Kay Jimenez, 56, also waived preliminary examination at the District Court level during her appearance in front of Judge Kenneth Post in Hudsonville.
She was bound over for arraignment on April 14, in Ottawa County Circuit Court, but also waived that hearing.
A trial date will now be set for the woman charged with embezzlement of $100,000 or more, forgery, and uttering and publishing.
The lawsuit, filed earlier this year, claimed that Jimenez embezzled more than $521,000 from Philip’s Machining in Coopersville, where she worked as the office manager.
Owner Jim Pleune said she worked for the company for 14 years and was like part of the family, so there was a strong sense of betrayal, as well as the financial loss.
The lawsuit claimed Jimenez used a variety of ways to embezzle the money, using six different credit cards issued to Philip’s and to Source Group Technologies LLC, which is also owned by Pleune.
In the meantime, Jimenez continues to own and run the Cancun Connection, said her criminal case defense attorney, Terry Nolan, who recently had his bar license reactivated after dealing with a drug conviction.
“She is attempting to sell it,” Nolan said of the business. “She’s never been in trouble before. She certainly is doing everything she can to right her wrong.”
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