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VIDEO: Royal Oak Principal Michael Greening Arraigned on Embezzlement Charges

Michael Greening was charged in 44th District Court with two counts of embezzlement, both felony charges.

Principal Michael Greening was arraigned Friday afternoon on two felony embezzlement charges, each carrying a maximum five-year penalty and/or fines.

Greening appeared before 44th District Court Judge Terrence Brennan, who entered a plea of not guilty on Greening's behalf.

Greening was released on $50,000 personal recognizance with conditions, including that he not leave the state.

Greening appeared in court with his attorney, Paul Stablein of Royal Oak.

It has been more than three months since Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin sent a letter to the school's roughly 1,500 students and their families saying "due to the possibility of financial irregularities in student activities funds." Since that time, no new information has been made available from either the Royal Oak Police Department or the school district.

Greening has been with the school district as a teacher and administrator for about 15 years.

"I will be shocked if these charges stick," said Patrice Walsh, a longtime Royal Oak resident with two kids at Royal Oak High School. "I have never heard a bad word about Mike Greening. He is an upright guy and I am one of a huge group of Greening supporters who want this mess to be over so our high school and his family can get back on track."

Lewis-Lakin issued this statement on Friday afternoon:

Our commitment has been to a process that is complete, thorough, impartial, and fair.

The investigation initiated by the district at the end of December, the findings of a forensic audit, and the work of the Royal Oak Police Department and Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office are all aspects of such a process.

Mr. Greening was placed on a paid administrative leave at the beginning of this process, and continues on that paid leave today. At this time, no new determination has been made regarding his employment status. There are procedural requirements and standards for making determinations in the employment process for school personnel, which will guide us as we move forward.

A preliminary exam is set for April 27 in 44th District Court.

DamageControlMuch November 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
VERY GOOD POINT, TERRI....with such a huge figure floating around during those court hearings, that far exceed what the public is given the impression of, how many others had access to that alleged "missing money", especially those other admin faculty members who were in the same office area Greening was. Those who worked with him year after year after year. It would be very hard to believe he was the only one in the school, in that location, who allegedly acted alone. What if he makes a deal to give other names in order to reduce his sentence?
DamageControlMuch November 22, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Um, Daniel, I hate to break it to you, but did someone have to actually write it down in the rules that stealing is a crime?
DamageControlMuch November 22, 2012 at 02:37 AM
You are correct. Please also know that when a court case is not dismissed, and moved to a higher court because it is more serious, and still not dismissed, that speaks volumes, too.
DamageControlMuch November 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
You are correct!! I wonder how many vacations he and his wife went on that children paid for?
DamageControlMuch November 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Oh, really? Well according to testimony, you may want to learn about what was already agreed about.

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