M-211 Bar employee charged with embezzlement

by Peter Jakey

Managing Editor

A 42-year-old Onaway woman accused of embezzling from the M-211 Bar and Grill, faces arraignment Monday in Circuit Court on multiple charges. According to the Presque Isle County prosecutor’s office, Juanita Anglebrandt has been charged with embezzlement agent or trustee more than $1,000 but less than $20,000, a felony that brings a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, or three times the amount embezzled. She also has been charged with three counts of forgery

Anglebrandt, who was employed at the business, waived her preliminary exam in district court.

“Based upon an investigation conducted by detective Joseph Mulka, we believed there was probable cause to have her arrested on all four counts,” said prosecutor Rick Steiger. The incident report indicates Anglebrant embezzled more than $11,000 from business owner Matthew Pasella. The discovery was made after a mistake was made on a federal tax payment.

That led to Pasella’s certified public accountant conducting a thorough examination of Pasella’s finances at the bar, “and it’s apparent (Anglebrandt) stole some blank payroll checks belonging to the bar, forged them, cashed them, and deposited the money into her account at PNC Bank (Cheboygan).”

The incident was reported Aug. 26; however, the incidents were believed to have started earlier this year. The CPA went back to 2011 and “everything looks good up to April 2014.” Anglebrandt’s employment was terminated.