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April 13, 2013

Ex-salon worker accused of embezzlement

TRAVERSE CITY — A former salon employee is accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from her old employer.

Patricia Ann Hinds, 53, of Traverse City, faces felony false pretenses, embezzlement and forgery charges in 86th District Court. She could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Court documents allege the crimes took place between December 2007 and January 2009, prior to the owner of Valerio’s Salon confronting Hinds about wrongfully taking funds and falsifying time sheets.

“The defendant then confessed to stealing from the salon and agreed to pay the salon back,” the court documents state. “She however failed to do so.”

Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said an investigation showed Hinds used several different methods to wrongfully claim earnings.

According to the court documents, the salon’s bookkeeper found Hinds was turning in false time sheets showing clients receiving service they did not. Other time sheets, police said, were filed on days when the salon was closed or when the defendant was not working. The false earnings totaled $30,400.

She is also accused of writing her name over the salon’s on two client checks and taking the money for herself, leading to the forgery charges.

The owner of Valerio’s Salon could not be reached for comment.

Ayling said the case was at the Grand Traverse County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for about three years before warrants were authorized Wednesday.

“I’ve been working with her attorney to get her to turn herself in,” Ayling said Friday.

Prosecutor Bob Cooney, who took office in January, could not be reached for comment.



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