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Former Police Department employee charged with embezzlement, officials say

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A former employee with the Matthews Police Department has been charged with embezzlement, according to a release from the department.

On April 25, the Police Department became aware of possible improper conduct involving the Police Records Clerk/Property Control Technician, Melissa Guillet, 35.

She was immediately removed from the position, and a criminal and personnel investigations began, police said.

Guillet, employed by the department since 2007, had served in the role as Property Control Technician since 2009. She was responsible for the security and management of all seized and found property items.

"Any inappropriate actions by an employee will not be tolerated and in this instance we took steps to address the situation quickly but thoroughly." said Police Chief Rob Hunter.

Guillet was fired from her position on May 13, and criminal warrants were obtained for three counts of embezzlement of funds by a public officer/trustee.

"We have also worked closely with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office during this investigation and there is no evidence that any pending criminal cases have been jeopardized by Ms. Guillet's actions. Items she removed from the Property Control area were part of court cases which had already been adjudicated," Chief Hunter further commented. "We are completing a review of all of our procedures regarding property control and have already implemented new controls to assure no such incidents shall occur again."

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