Cedarville woman faces embezzlement charges

ST. IGNACE – The branch manager of a credit union in Mackinac County has been charged with five felonies including embezzlement following an investigation by Michigan State Police at the St. Ignace Post.

Troopers arrested Briana Freel, 40, of Cedarville, on the five felony charges on Wednesday. The crimes were allegedly committed while she was a loan officer and branch manager at the Cedarville branch of the U.P. State Credit Union.

State police began investigating several cases of embezzlement at the credit union in January, according to a news release from the post.

Freel was arraigned Wednesday in Mackinac County District Court and officially charged with the following: embezzlement $50,000 to $100,000, a 15-year felony; forgery, a 14-year felony; use of a computer to commit a crime, a 10-year felony; larceny by false pretenses $1,000 to $20,000, a five-year felony; and identity theft, a five-year felony.

Freel waived her preliminary examination in district court, automatically binding the charges over to circuit court where she is scheduled for arraignment on June 19. She is currently free on bond.