Former Deaborn City Clerk Kathleen Buda charged with embezzlement

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - One year after police raided Dearborn city hall the former city clerk is now facing several felony charges including embezzlement.

When asked how much Kathleen Buda is accused of swindling from the city of Dearborn investigators wouldn't say.

They did say, with an elected official, even one dollar is too much.

Buda is facing multiple felony charges after a yearlong investigation found evidence she embezzled money from the city while she was in office.

Last year, the Michigan State Police raided city hall. Investigators carried away several boxes of records from the clerk’s office.

Shortly after Buda resigned from her position.

City Councilman Mike Sareini says the goal now is to restore Dearborn resident’s faith in their local government.

Michigan state police Lt. Mike Shaw wouldn’t comment on the amount Buda is accused of stealing from the city, but says for an elected official any amount is too much.

During her arraignment, Buda acknowledged the charges against her.

The judge set a hearing next month to give her attorney time to review the evidence against his client.

Buda was released on a $50,000 personal bond. She is due back in court next month.

If convicted Buda faces up to ten years behind bars.

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