AG Nessel Files Embezzlement Charges Against Court-AppointedProfessional Guardian

Contact: Ryan Jarvi 517-599-2746Agency: Attorney General November 19, 2020 LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a total of 12 charges – eight felony counts, one high court misdemeanor and three misdemeanors – against Jessica Englebrecht for allegedly abusing her authority as a guardian and embezzling from 11 vulnerable adults she was appointed by the Mason County Probate Court to protect. Englebrecht, 33, of Scottville, was arraigned in Mason County 79th District Court in Mason County on Friday, Nov. 13. She was arraigned on the following charges:  Eight counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult – $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a five-year felony and/or a $10,000 fine, or three times the value of the money or property involved, whichever is greater;   One count of vulnerable adults – caregiver commingling funds/obstructing investigations, a two-year high court misdemeanor and/or $25,000 fine; and Three counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult – $200 or more but less than $1,000, a one-year misdemeanor and/or a $2,000 fine, or three times the value of the money or property involved, whichever is greater. Michigan State Police began investigating Englebrecht in 2019 following… Read More

Federal and state criminal conflicts of interest and ethics laws

1. the federal criminal conflict of  interest laws and ethics code for federal employees (including federal judges).   Government – Wide Ethics Laws | U.S. Department of the Interior (doi.gov) I am  not sure if the federal ethics code applies  to state judges…. it should and i will look into that.  This link includes the criminal conflict of interest laws. 2. Below are the links for the federal ethics codes.  Maria R – I think you may have been referring to these codes in your earlier email. 5 CFR § 2635.101 – Basic obligation of public service … https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/5/2635.101 Each employee has a responsibility to the United States Government and its citizens to place loyalty to the Constitution, laws and ethical principles above private gain. To ensure that every citizen can have complete confidence in the integrity of the Federal Government, each employee shall respect and adhere to the principles of ethical conduct set forth in this section, as well as the implementing standards … 5 CFR § 2635.702 – Use of public office for private gain … https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/5/2635.702 An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private… Read More