COOPERSVILLE (WZZM) - The ex-office manager at a Coopersville machine shop has been ordered to stand trial for embezzling more than $100,000 from the family-run business.
Rhonda Jimenez of Muskegon siphoned an estimated $500,000 from Philip's Machining, Inc. over a six-year period, court documents show. She was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hudsonville District Court. If convicted, Jimenez faces up to 20 years in prison.
"It's been very trying and emotionally draining to have someone that close betray you like that,'' company owner Jim Pleune said. "She was a very trusted person and was here for 14 years. We're all in shock.''
Philip's Machining, 80 Mason Drive in Coopersville, started in 1987 with a handful of workers, Pleune said. It makes parts for West Michigan manufacturers and has 17 full-time employees.