Embezzler gets prison time for stealing from Holland company

Becky Vargo • Jun 18, 2018 at 6:01 PM

A 46-year-old Parchment woman was ordered to serve a minimum 28 months in prison when sentenced for embezzlement Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Kimberly Newell was also ordered to pay back more than $40,000 to Icon Shelter Systems of Holland.

Tim Postma, company vice president and owner, said the effects of what she did continue to show up for him in extra workload every day.

Postma said he discovered that her theft escalated from making payments to her personal credit card, to making purchases on company credit cards, to getting cash advances.

The vice president said the company can recover the money from insurance and restitution, but they can’t recover all the time and effort put into dealing with the situation.

“Our concern is that a habitual offender be removed from society,” he said. “It seems appropriate that she pay the same price.”

Judge Jon Hulsing told Newell that she seemed nice and respectful. 

“You present well,” he said. “Unfortunately, the character you exhibit when people are not watching you is contrary.”

Prosecuting Attorney Sarah Matwiejczyk said Newell had five felonies prior to the current embezzlement conviction.

“She has served prison for embezzlement,” Matwiejczyk said. 

The prosecutor noted that although the guidelines recommended a year in jail, Newell should get prison time because of her history.

Newell entered guilty pleas to the charges on May 14 in exchange for the habitual offender enhancement to be reduced from third to second offense.

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