Former CMU employee due back in court Sept. 1
A former Central Michigan University employee who has been charged with embezzlement and other offenses is due back in court Friday.
Amber R. Loomis pleaded not guilty on a charge of false pretenses equaling $1,000 but less than $20,000 and four counts of non-sufficient fund checks of $500 or more. These charges were bound over to Circuit Court, according to court records.
She also pleaded not guilty to a charge of embezzlement of between $1,000-$20,000 on Aug. 14. According to court records, Loomis was bound over to Circuit Court.
As of Wednesday evening, the Isabella County Trial Court calendar states she will appear in court at 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28 for these incidents.
Loomis was charged with false pretenses after selling a washer and dryer that were not fully paid off. Records show a plea agreement has been reached with the condition it runs with other new felony files. She is scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. Sept. 1 for this incident.
During her time at CMU, Loomis was employed in the Office of Financial Planning and Budgets, was a fixed-term faculty member in the College of Business Administration and also worked in other roles around the university.
Loomis, 35, is no longer listed as a CMU employee. According to the CMU Alumni Directory, Loomis is a 2006 graduate of CBA.
Loomis has been charged with embezzling more than $2,000 from CMU Mortar Board, a registered student organization and chapter of the Mortar Board — a National Honor Society for colleges.
A check received by CMU Mortar Board from Commencement Flowers and was later determined to be deposited by Loomis into a commercial account for Newks LLC, according to the affidavit.
The president of the Mortar Board said the check from the incident was written on May 10 for $2,413 and is the organization’s commission check from the Spring 2017 commencement ceremony, according to court records. The president said the check should have been deposited into the organization’s account at Isabella Bank or given to her.
Loomis served as the group’s staff adviser prior to departing from CMU on May 5, the affidavit states.
The affidavit states Loomis wrote a check for $2,000 to an individual that was returned and then used to pay salaries to employees from a restaurant she had ownership of that recently closed.
According to Loomis’ LinkedIn profile, she owned Newcombe’s Family Restaurant since December 2009. The Morning Sun reported in June that the Lake Isabella establishment was closed.
Loomis pleaded not guilty on a charge of false pretenses equaling $1,000 but less than $20,000 and four counts of non-sufficient funds checks of more than $500 or more. She had an account balance of more than $2,550 that was owed to CMU, according to the affidavit. CMU had a total cash out loss of $1,080.41 that was refunded to Loomis before the check was declined, the affidavit shows.
According to the affidavit, a Student Service Court employee said Loomis used eChecks to pay off past due fees on her CMU account. Many of the eChecks had been returned for declined transaction or insufficient funds.
Loomis also pleaded not guilty on Aug. 14 to a charge of false pretenses between $200-$1,000.
A woman earlier this month purchased a washer and dryer from Loomis for $250, according to an affidavit. The woman learned they were being leased by Loomis from a local furniture store and were not completely paid for when Loomis paid for them, according to an affidavit.
The affidavit states Loomis owes more than $1,500 on the washer and dryer. The woman attempted to contact Loomis but she would not answer phone calls or return texts.