Ingham Co. Road Commission Employee Accused of Embezzlement

INGHAM COUNTY - A former employee of the Ingham County Road Commission is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the road commission. Stephanie Barnhardt, 29, of Eaton Rapids, was charged Thursday with 4 counts of embezzlement and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime. The embezzlement is alleged to have taken place from 2007 to 2010. The specific amount Barnhardt is accused of embezzling was not released, but the charges indicate it could be between $22,000 and $91,000.
Barnhardt was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Ledge, MI on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    I commend the Ingham County Board of Road Commissioners for taking the right stance in the face of adversity. Stand strong commissioners. The news media should be supporting these commissioners as they go about their job of protecting the public's interests.
  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Ledge on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    Not all Ingham County Road Commission employees were unhappy with the consultant's report. Only the 32 employees who signed a petition on behalf of the Road Commission's Director of Operations were unhappy with the report after they discovered that telling the truth would cause "their good ole boy", to lose his job. The other approximately 68 persons who completed the survey that helped with the completion of the report do not seem to be unhappy with the reports contents. At tonight's Board meeting what you saw was a circus in which the Director of Operations, Finance Director and Managing Director (who are all deficient in their ability to manage)were the ringmasters directing the focus of the media away from the facts. Besides the consultant's report, I am sure there are other factors such as the $100,000.00 embezzlement by a Finance Clerk (who was managing the finance department), the misuse of county funds, equipment, and personnel, the mysterious reappearance of $1.5 million in the Road Commission's budget, theft, safety violations, disregard for Road Commission policies and procedures, and other offenses which I am sure have helped lead the County Board of Road Commissioners to question the employment of the three directors.
  • by taylor on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    I wonder what ever happened this case, we hear about all the other thieves in the area but not this one, one day 2 pharagraph story and not another word. Is it because it did not happen in the private sector?
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    I wonder what boo-hoo-sob-story this woman will give as justification for what she did. I'm an Ingham County resident so she stole MY money!! I hope they throw the book at her!!!
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