The University Record, March 15, 1993

POLICE BEAT

By Mary Jo Frank

2 employees caught writing fake travel advances

A 44-year old student services associate in Medical Administration and a 27-year old program coordinator in the College of Pharmacy were arrested Feb. 12 on charges of embezzlement over $100. The women were arraigned that day in Ann Arbor’s 15th District court. The cases are pending, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Lt. James R. Smiley.

Working together, the two allegedly wrote false travel advances between April 1991 and October 1992. The student services associate is thought to have embezzled $2,400 and the program coordinator is suspected of taking more than $1,500. Embezzlement of over $100 is a felony with a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. Both have been terminated from University employment.

Recent grad picked up in drug investigation

A 24-year-old alumnus from Marquette who graduated with an A.B. in December has been indicted for manufacturing and conspiring to distribute the “designer drug” methcathinone, known as CAT. Chemically similar to methamphetamine, or speed, CAT is cheap and easy to produce from pharmaceuticals and household cleaners.

DPS officers arrested the man March 5 on a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Northern Division, as part of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation.

The man, who has applied to graduate school at the U-M, has been arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The maximum penalty for manufacturing and distributing CAT is usually 20 years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit. In some circumstances the penalty can be life in prison and up to a $1 million fine.

Parkmaster machine vandalized repeatedly

A Parkmaster machine in a University Parking Services lot near the School of Music was vandalized four times during the first week of March.

Smiley said it cost $200 to fix the machine each time. The vandalism also resulted in lost parking revenues.

Persons with information about the jamming of the Parkmaster machine should call Smiley at 763-3434.

Fights break out at Michigan Union

DPS officers arrested a South Quadrangle resident early March 6 for disorderly conduct after several fights broke out at a dance sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

The Ann Arbor Police Department arrested another student at the same event, also for disorderly conduct. Both were released after questioning.

DPS is investigating the incident.

Subscription con artist agrees to restitution

A 27-year old student at Henry Ford Community College was arrested there Feb. 8 and charged with obtaining over $100 under false pretenses.

Smiley said in March 1991 the woman sold magazine subscriptions to Bursley Hall residents. DPS received complaints from five students on Jan. 31, 1992, that their checks had been cashed but they had not received their magazines.

The woman was arraigned Feb. 17 in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court. In a plea agreement, the woman agreed to repay the students.