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      Bank manager charged with embezzlement

      The Michigan State Police report that the loan officer and branch manager at the Cedarville branch of the U.P. State Credit Union has been charged with embezzlement.

      Officials say that the Michigan State Police from the St. Ignace Post have been investigating several cases of embezzlement at this credit union, leading to the arrest of 40-year-old Briana Freel of Cedarville.

      Freel has been charged on five felony charges:

      1. Embezzlement of over $50,000, but less than $100,000 (maximum penalty of 15 years in prison)2. Forgery (maximum penalty of 14 years in prison)3. Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime (maximum penalty of 10 years in prison)4. Larceny by False Pretenses $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000 (maximum penalty of five years in prison)5. Identity Theft (maximum penalty of five years in prison)

      The preliminary examination was waived, and Freel was bound over to Circuit Court. Her arraignment is scheduled for June 19 at 2 p.m.