Kalamazoo Strong’s Former Director Sentenced To Probation For Embezzlement
Sentencing has now taken place for a woman who formerly directed a charity organization for the victims of tragedies.
MLive says that former Kalamazoo Strong director Rachel Kaiser was sentenced on Monday to 24-months of probation, after she pleaded guilty to using a computer to commit a crime. She was also ordered to pay back $4,000 in restitution to Kalamazoo Strong.
The 34-year-old Kaiser had originally be charged with a felony count of embezzlement of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000, but that charge was dropped in the plea deal.
Kalamazoo Strong was founded in 2016 in order to help the victims of the Kalamazoo Mass Shooting, and afterwards to support those affected by the 2016 Kalamazoo bike crash as well. Shortly after its formation, Kaiser was made its director. Authorities say that she ended up stealing more than $4,000 from Kalamazoo Strong, using the money for things like jewelry and department store purchases.
The investigation started after the foundation’s treasurer noticed unusual transactions on their account, which led to the discovery that Kaiser had created an unauthorized debit card connected to the account.
Rachel Kaiser appeared on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show in the summer of 2016, and it's not clear if the alleged crimes were taking place then; at the time she said "every penny we raise goes right back out into the community." You can watch that interview below.