A news release from Sault, Michigan City Police…
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department received a complaint alleging embezzlement from the Ramada Ojibway Inn in the fall of 2017. Detective Harp led the investigation which soon encompassed multiple individuals from both Chippewa and Mackinac counties. Detective Harp along with officers from Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police executed search warrants on multiple residences, financial institutions, and businesses. Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department also loaned the expertise of their Forensic Computer Investigator which was instrumental in gathering digital evidence and attempting to learn the full extent of the amount of money involved.

At this point in the investigation the dollar amount is believed to exceed $500,000 from several different types of theft and fraud which would make this the largest embezzlement on record in Chippewa County. It is alleged that the individuals were not only embezzling funds but were also overcharging customer credit cards and refusing refunds while the embezzlement was occurring.

On January 11, 2018, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Chippewa County authorized arrest warrants for multiple charges against three individuals. Charges include conducting a criminal enterprise. The enterprise is alleged to include embezzlement, larceny, and forgery. The defendant’s names are withheld until after they have been arraigned. Additional arrest warrants are anticipated.

The Ramada Ojibway Inn is now under new management and the owners have demonstrated a commitment to rectifying the situation for their guests. Additionally, customers who have been overcharged on their credit card and have not been refunded are encouraged to contact Det. Harp at 906-632-5752 or dharp@saultcity.com .