Bloomfield Township MI Jan 6 2017 A 52-year-old wife and mother from Pinckney embezzled more than $1 million from the Bloomfield Township computer staffing firm where she worked as a bookkeeper, police said.
Debbie Broich embezzled the cash over the past six years and used it “for personal living expenses,” including buying new vehicles and paying credit card bills, Bloomfield Township police said in a news release. Police released a mug shot of Broich in dressy clothes and diamond-stud earrings.
Broich was arraigned last month at 48th District Court on five felony counts of embezzlement over $100,000 and one count of embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000, according to court documents. She is free after posting a full bond of $250,000 on Dec. 21, but she must wear an electronic tether and may not have contact with coworkers at her former place of employment – Blue Chip Talent and its related company, Computer Consultants of America, according to court records.
According to police, “the owner of the company became suspicious after reviewing the company’s checking account and finding multiple checks issued to Broich.”
A Bloomfield Township detective investigated and confirmed the owner’s fears. But police waited three weeks while Broich’s employer mulled over what to do, said Bloomfield Township Det./Sgt. John Weise.
“The company where she worked took a little time reviewing the evidence and deciding how they wanted to handle this,” Weise said. This week, “they decided they wanted her picture out there, just in case she went to work somewhere else and tried to scam somebody else,” Weise said.
Nicole Pawczuk, CEO of Blue Chip Talent, could not be reached Thursday. Messages left for Broich’s lawyer, Michael McCarthy of Redford Township, were not returned.
Broich faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the five more serious embezzlement charges and up to 15 years on the single less serious count. She is due back in court Feb. 6.