Former GH man sent to jail for embezzling, probation violation

Becky Vargo • Apr 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A former Grand Haven man must serve 330 days in jail for embezzling from his employer, a crime he committed while on probation for another embezzlement conviction.

Jon David Kubiak, 57, who now lives in Grand Rapids, was also put on probation for 18 months when sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Kubiak apologized to his former employer.

“I’m extremely sorry for what I did,” he told Judge Karen Miedema.

Kubiak pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzlement (over $1,000 but less than $20,000) during a court hearing earlier this year. In exchange for the plea, he was not charged as a habitual offender, something that could have made his sentence more severe.

Kubiak told the judge then that he used a company credit card to buy tools, “horse stuff” and light bulbs.

Miedema ordered him to pay back $2,213.64 to Steele Enterprise, 4376 60th St., Holland. The judge also put him on probation for 18 months, which is to be served once he gets out of jail. Kubiak was given credit for 146 days already spent in jail.

Probation was revoked in two cases because of the above incident. 

Kubiak pleaded guilty to a probation violation in connection with an embezzlement (he was convicted of false pretenses) in 2016 from a Zeeland Township asphalt company and a 2015 conviction of a false report of a felony in Grand Haven. An additional embezzlement charge was dismissed when Kubiak pleaded guilty to false pretenses ($1,000 to $20,000) in the 2016 case, but he was ordered to pay $27,600 in restitution to Bruce’s Blacktop in Zeeland Township and Black Gold Transport of Dorr.

Bruce Vanderkolk, owner of Bruce’s Blacktop, said the amount for the work was $19,600. In the case dismissed, Black Gold Transport owner Jody Schaendorf said his loss was about $8,000.

Schaendorf said that Kubiak arranged for paving at a campground where he stayed for free.

“He forgot to bill it,” Schaendorf said.

Other charges he faced at the time, which were not charged, were using his computer to commit a crime, criminal enterprise and habitual offender, according to defense attorney Thomas Smith.

Kubiak pleaded guilty in November 2016 to a charge of filing a false report of a felony. At the time, he claimed some commercial parking areas were paved and the cost was passed along to the City of Grand Haven.

Kubiak served four days in jail and was put on probation for one year when sentenced on that charge. He was also ordered to serve 60 hours of community service and pay $820 in restitution.


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