ESCANABA - The former mayor of Escanaba - charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from a local service club - is scheduled to be in Delta County Circuit Court today to either make a plea or set a trial date.
Leo Evans, 58, of Escanaba, was arrested on June 16, for embezzling from the Escanaba Eagles Club during a three-year period, according to Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post, the investigating agency.
During his arraignment in district court last month, Evans pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 while he was secretary for the local service organization.
The felony carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater.
State police arrested Evans following a three-month-long investigation into the alleged misuse of funds from the Escanaba Eagles Club from 2011 to 2014.
Prior to being arrested, Evans resigned as the club's secretary and resigned from the organization after trustees confronted him in March about the alleged misuse of club monies. A local store had alerted members about suspicious checks Evans was allegedly cashing.
Evans also resigned as mayor pro tem from the Escanaba City Council before his arrest. He stated in his resignation letter that he was leaving due to an upcoming issue. Council accepted his resignation at its April 3 meeting. Evans had served on city council for 18 years including several years he was mayor.
Following Evans' arrest at his home on June 16, he was released from police custody after posting $500 - 10 percent of a $5,000 cash bond - the same day.
At his arraignment in district court two days later, he waived his preliminary examination, automatically binding over the felony embezzlement charge to circuit court where he is scheduled to appear today.