The Emmet County Sheriff's Office arrested Deborah Lynn Bricker earlier this year. Court records show she faces one count of criminal enterprises — conducting, and one count of criminal enterprises — conspiracy, both of which are felonies with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $100,000; one count of embezzlement — $100,000 or more, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $50,000, or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater; and one count of using computers to commit a crime, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $20,000.
Police allege Bricker embezzled $124,049.14 from the business from 2009 to 2011.
Bricker, who had been writing business checks, allegedly wrote checks to some of her family members without Fisher's knowledge, according to the affidavit. Also, 138 allegedly forged checks signed by Bricker totaling $70,753.33 were found.
Bricker also allegedly diverted a furnace from Fisher Plumbing and Heating inventory to install at her home and took money designated for supplies for herself. And, police allege, Bricker used the stolen money to make payments online to Verizon and Charter Communications as well as to make payments to Emmet County's 90th District Court to pay fines and costs for a few of her family members.
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