A Caledonia school employee is facing a felony embezzlement charge for allegedly taking more than $28,000 in computers and overhead projectors from Duncan Lake Middle School over a six-year span.
Anthony J. Marsiglia, 38, was arraigned Wednesday, April 19 on one count of embezzlement of more than $20,000 but less than $50,000. The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Marsiglia, a staff member at Duncan Lake Middle School, is on non-paid leave, Caledonia Superintendent Randy Rodriguez said today.
This is not Marsiglia’s first brush with trouble. He was placed on probation for one year after pleading no contest in 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of use of cocaine in Ada Township. At the time, he had been a teacher with Caledonia schools for four years.
He’s accused of taking items from the school, 9757 Duncan Lake Ave. SE, between Nov. 2011 and March 20, 2017, court records show.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Kent County sheriff’s deputies “identified several suspicious pawn shop transactions that occurred over the past six years.’’
“The property being pawned included several computers and overhead projectors, some in new retail packaging,’’ Detective William Marks wrote in a probable cause affidavit. “Investigators learned that the subject pawning the items, Anthony Marsiglia, was a teacher at Caledonia schools.
“School administrators were contacted and confirmed the pawned items were stolen from the school,’’ Marks wrote. “Marsiglia was interviewed and confessed to stealing and pawning the items, which have a retail value of over $28,000.’’
Rodriguez, the Caledonia superintendent, addressed the issue in a letter to district parents that went out today.
“We are writing you with news that is difficult to share, but our commitment to open and honest communication makes it imperative to do so,’’ the letter states. “Over spring break we received notification that one of our staff members was suspected of misappropriating district technology equipment and supplies.
“We immediately placed this staff member on administrative leave pending investigation both internally and by law enforcement.’’
The incident, he said, is “unfortunate and very concerning, particularly for a public school system.’’
“Fortunately, this alleged crime did not involve any students,’’ Rodriguez wrote. “As leaders of Caledonia Schools, we are committed to ensuring that we hold our staff members accountable to the highest standards of behavior.’’
Marsiglia, who lists a home address in Grand Rapids, is free after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. He will be back in 63rd District Court for a probable cause conference on May 3.
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