Pizza employee charged with theft

ESCANABA – A 52-year-old Escanaba woman – accused of embezzling from a local pizza business – has been bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court where she may make a plea or schedule a trial.

Jeanice Lynn Baldwin, of 416 S. 18th St., Escanaba, was arrested this spring for allegedly embezzling funds while working for Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza at 123 N. Lincoln Road, according to court records.

Baldwin is accused of stealing about $4,000 in cash and selling 800 pizzas under the table from September 2011 to September 2013, said Det. Sgt. Tony LaPlant of Escanaba Public Safety. She had worked as manager at Papa Murphy’s for 10 years.

LaPlant said the conversion of funds was investigated by the department after corporate audits found a shortage of more than $100,000 at the business.

Baldwin has been officially charged with embezzlement as an agent or trustee $1,000 to $20,000. The felony carries a maximum sentencing of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater.

The felony warrant was authorized for Baldwin’s arrest on April 18. She turned herself in to Escanaba Public Safety on April 29. Following her arrest, she was released from police custody on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

A condition of her release is that she is to have no contact with Papa Murphy’s or the business owner.

Baldwin waived her preliminary examination in district court last week and was automatically bound over to the higher court where a court date has not yet been scheduled.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net