Swartz sentenced for Carpenter embezzlement

Crystle Catherine Swartz, arraigned last January on charges of embezzlement from Clare Attorney Dwight D. Carpenter, was sentenced Monday by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans.

A former employee of the Carpenter’s law firm, she was arrested last January on felony charges of embezzlement over $50,000 and under $100,000, and with using a computer to commit a crime.

The arrest followed an eight month investigation after she was fired from Carpenter’s office in May, 2011.

In a January article Carpenter said Swartz was a driver and office worker at the firm. Carpenter said they discovered she had allegedly used a corporation credit card to charge more than $15,000 in merchandise, charged cable and internet services and bought clothes for her children. He said she also forged his name and signed checks and cashed them, forged or destroyed receipts and deleted computer records to hide her actions.

Swartz pled no contest March 22 to the charges.

According to information from Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis, because Swartz had no prior record and the victim agreed, she was sentenced by Judge Evans May 7. to one year in jail with credit for 102 days served; five years of probation; $50,553.11 in restitution to Dwight Carpenter; $68 in State costs; $130 crime victim rights fee; $10 per month probation oversight fee; and $1,000 in fines and costs.

The January article said a warrant had been issued in Isabella County on embezzlement charges from a physician’s office where Swartz was employed after being fired from Carpenter’s office.