Woman faces charges on theft of $521K

A Muskegon woman previously targeted in a lawsuit for embezzling more than half a million dollars stood mute when arraigned on criminal charges Wednesday morning in 58th District Court.
Becky Vargo
Apr 3, 2014
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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Comments

Wolverine49457

She should go to work for the Obama IRS, imagine how much more we could be fleeced with her on the team!

dhbreezy1234

They couldn't pass up a chance to drag up Terry Nolan's past.

Wolverine49457

Remeber the furor over drug testing anyone on some kind of public assistance?...at least that would be private.

nextdoor

Terrys last arrest was pretty funny actually. guy in his position should be a little smarter than that.this woman will probably do less time then he did no drug involved.

Tri-cities realist

Totally off topic, but the accompanying picture made me wonder: why wasn't the $2 bill more prevalent?

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