Potterville Man Charged with Embezzlement

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Neighbors say Wayne Balcom was taken away in handcuffs on Monday morning from his Potterville family home. Those who knew him are still in disbelief.

"I've lived within a stone's throw away from Wayne for the last six years and wow, what a shocker," said neighbor Randy Schaub.

The investigation started in August 2012, after owners of Holt Family Practice came forward. Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth says the primary suspect responsible for the missing $130, 000 or more is the long time office manager Wayne Balcom.

"As I understand it he had access to checkbooks, he had access to cash, anything that would involve incoming revenue to the business," said Sheriff Wriggelsworth.

However, Balcom's family believe he's innocent, though investigators say Balcom has a history.

"He has prior conviction for check fraud...I think any embezzlement certainly is a violation of the trust. They paid him a salary on top of it, they paid him to embezzle money," said Sheriff Wriggelsworth.

The sheriff says the investigation wasn't easy. It involved digging through records from the past three years and they've forwarded the case to the prosecutor.

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