Former Baldwin Treasurer bound over for trial on embezzlement charges

BALDWIN – Former village of Baldwin Treasurer Dale Dailey faces embezzlement charges.

Dailey, 51, of Baldwin, was arraigned Thursday in the 51st circuit courtroom of Chief Judge Mark Wickens. She was charged with one count of embezzlement more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. If convicted, Dailey faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine or a fine of times the amount of the money stolen, whichever is greater.

According to court records, Dailey was arrested on Feb. 16 by the Michigan State Police and was taken into custody and lodged at the Lake County Jail. On Feb. 17, Dailey posted a 10 percent surety cash bond and was released.

Dailey also is a suspect in a 2006 arson investigation of a fire that occurred at the Baldwin village offices. Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said investigators believe Dailey and another woman set fire to financial records in the village office on Sept. 12, 2006 in order to cover the alleged embezzlement.

Hilts said that the decision whether to charge Dailey in the arson case is in the hands of the Lake County Prosecutor’s office.

Dailey’s attorney, Kevin J. Kozma, declined comment for this story.