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Former ambulance service director charged with embezzlement

The former director of the Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service is facing embezzlement charges, according to the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office.

The prosecutor's office has charged 49-year-old Timothy Gray with embezzlement $50,000 to $100,000.

Gray allegedly misappropriated the funds from the SMCAS while he was the executive director, from May 2009 through June 2014, when he retired.

The prosecutor's office alleges Gray had excessive paid time off in the amount of $58,537, holiday pay and vision reimbursement in excess of $10,000 and receiving a full salary while on short term disability in the amount of $29,700.

Gray retired in 2014 and currently lives in Florida. The discrepancies were noticed by the new executive director of SMCAS, according to the prosecutor's office.

The case was investigated by the Indiana State Police.

Gray was arraigned on March 31 and posted bond.

Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service released the following statement:

Timothy Gray was the Executive Director of Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service starting April, 2008 to mid-June 2014. On July 1, Brian Scribner succeeded Mr. Gray as Executive Director at SMCAS.

After Mr. Scribner assumed his role as Executive Director, SMCAS discovered various inconsistencies regarding Mr. Gray's compensation and reimbursements. As a result, a forensic audit was performed of SMCAS' financial records. The results of the audit were provided to the Michigan State Police. SMCAS has cooperated with the Michigan State Police and the prosecutor's office.

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