Former Albion City Manager Charged With Embezzlement After Resigning
One day after resigning, Albion’s former City Manager has now been charged with two felonies.
The Battle Creek Enquirer says that on Tuesday, warrants were issued for LaTonya Rufus for embezzlement by a public official over $50 and embezzlement over $1,000 but less than $20,000. Investigators say that Rufus, who was only on the job for five months, misused public funds by using a city credit card for personal expenses; allegedly, she stole about $3,400.
Rufus resigned as City Manager on Monday in an agreement with the Albion City Council, in which she agreed to release “any and all claims…against the city” and to also pay back $6,500 to the city, mostly for moving expenses. As of now, city officials aren’t commenting on these charges, nor are they saying why they negotiated her departure.
Questions about Rufus' conduct arose after she was placed on paid leave in January.
These charges Rufus is facing carry a combined prison term of up to 15 years and a large fine with a conviction.