Mental health worker pleads to client theft

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Andrea Beth Quigg, 35, of Muskegon, will serve 45 days in jail if she pays $4,525 in restitution prior to her sentencing on April 14, according to court records.


If restitution is not paid in full, she will serve 60 days in jail.


Quigg entered the plea to charges of embezzlement $1,000-$20,000 of a vulnerable adult, and to uttering and publishing.


In exchange for the plea, a forgery charge will be dismissed.


The embezzlement charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, while the forgery and uttering and publishing charges carry penalties of up to 14 years.


Quigg lost her job with Ottawa County last fall when the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department started an investigation into complaints of financial improprieties made by the client’s family.


The victim’s niece testified at a preliminary hearing that she became suspicious when looking at her uncle’s checkbook in September. 


“I saw a check for $60 written and nothing in the pay to the order of (box),” she said.


Lt. Mark Bennett testified at the October 2013 hearing that Quigg told him she gave the victim cash and he signed the checks to her.


However, Bennett said his preliminary investigation revealed that Quigg had never given any of the money to the victim.


Bennett said when confronted, Quigg admitted to having the victim sign blank checks, and then writing them out to herself in amounts from $150-$250.


“She had done it eight to 10 times,” Bennett said. “She used it to pay bills, according to her statement.”


The police investigation covered a period from July 2011 through August 2013.


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