Woman Repays $69K Embezzled from MSU Journalism School, Press Group

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(AP) A Fowlerville woman who admitted embezzling about $69,900 from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Michigan State University’s journalism school while she worked for the university has repaid the money.

At a sentencing hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Raye Grill, 51, received 18 months probation and repaid $51,829 to MIPA and $17,241 to the School of Journalism. Those were the amounts it had been determined she took between 1999 and 2005.

Grill pleaded guilty in December to embezzlement charges. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors said she would not serve jail time.

“My client does not justify any of her actions,” Grill’s attorney, Thomas Clement, told Judge William Collette.

Grill said there were no words to convey her remorse. Shortly after the hearing, Grill, who handled bookkeeping for the journalism school and MIPA, which it sponsors, wrote checks to both organizations, Clement said.

Two members of MIPA’s executive board spoke at Wednesday’s hearing and asked for a more severe punishment.

MIPA officials said it was likely Grill had taken money before 1999, but auditors were unable to obtain copies of checks written before that year. She began working at the university in 1993.

The press association serves junior high and high school teachers and students.

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