Department of Human Services-appointed guardian Constance Jeannette Nowka, 84 of East Jordan, is accused of embezzling from several clients she was paid to serve.
Nowka has been accused of four felony counts of embezzling more than $1,000 but less than $20,000.
On Oct. 28, 2013, the Michigan State Police received a request for investigation by the Department of Human Services, stating that Nowka appeared to have stolen from her clients.
Detective Mark Harris reported Nowka’s bank statements which show she has paid over $100,000 through her banking throughout the 2013 year.
According to a statement from Nowka, in the affidavit of probable cause, her clients pay her $65 a month. In the 2013 year, Nowka should have earned $43,920 including her social security.
Detective Harris found Nowka made $127,183 in the 2013 year, with a balance of $1,540 on Dec. 15, 2012.
Bank statements included two dozen instances of Nowka writing checks from her clients to herself, and other allegedly unwarranted payments and dealings with clients’ accounts allegedly without their consent, these include:
January 24, 2013 – Nowka obtained a check payable to, someone other than herself, from Metlife, and deposited $1,228.89 into her account.
April 26, 2013 – Nowka obtained a check, payable to someone other than herself, from Fidelity Workplace Services of $663.45 and deposited it into her account.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, it states:
“These four victims were all wards of Nowka’s and Nowka was therefore acting as their trustee, bailee or custodian,” Michigan State Police Detective Mark Harris stated in his affidavit of probable cause.
In a Jan. 15 interview, between Harris and Nowka, Harris stated Nowka had no explanation for her actions.
“She indicated that if a check was written to her it should have a notation in the memo line indicating what it had been written for,” Harris stated.
If convicted, Nowka could face charges of 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines and costs, or three times the amount embezzled.