Alpha clerk sentenced for taking money

Mar 5, 2013

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A former clerk for the Village of Alpha in Iron County has been sentenced for embezzlement.  

Nicholas Rickman

Nicholas Rickman, 34, was given five months in jail and three years of probation Monday.

Rickman pleaded guilty last month to three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering and publishing, one count of embezzlement by a public official over $50, and one count of public officer—embezzlement or diversion of taxes or public moneys. 

He was accused of forging a councilmember’s name on checks Rickman made out to himself totaling $510.  Officials say even more checks were involved, but Rickman wasn’t charged for them. 

Rickman must also pay restitution to the Village of Alpha.