Woman accused of embezzlement, Sterling Heights Police say she stole around $180,000

(WXYZ) - Mary Ellen McCabe has been charged with embezzling more around $180,000.

Sterling Heights police say she worked at Cranbrook Property Management as the accounts payable manager. Former co-workers say she had that position for about five years, but was let go after suspicions of embezzlement surfaced.

Police say she started embezzling money back in 2009. Cranbrook handles separate bank accounts through one bank for condo associations around Metro Detroit.  Those accounts contained money paid by residents for condo association fees meant for services like snow removal and grass. Investigators say McCabe was writing checks out to herself.  They say the checks were cashed at different locations, including banks and stores that provide check-cashing services.

Former co-workers who did not want to go on camera tell 7 Action News that she was "personable, but obviously had a problem."

They tell us during her employment she "never asked for a raise" and now they believe they know why.

They say the first red flags popped up when checks to contractors bounced.

Mary Ellen McCabe is scheduled to have a preliminary examination June 26 at 1:30 p.m. in 41A District Court.

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