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News - May 7, 2014

Ex-Menlo Park employee charged with misdemeanor embezzlement

by Sandy Brundage

A 48-year-old man who collected program fees at the front desk of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park has been charged with misdemeanor embezzlement, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Based on information obtained during an investigation conducted by Menlo Park police, Michael Benjamin Thulander allegedly pocketed an estimated $200 by diverting an $8 fee students would pay to attend dance classes at the rec center, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He would then reportedly not register the students' attendance.

The San Mateo resident faces a maximum of six months in county jail if convicted, the district attorney said.

Mr. Thulander worked for the city of Menlo Park from June 1999 until April 2014 as a part-time night clerk, according to the city's human resources department, and was being paid $19.08 an hour at the time his employment ended.

His arraignment is scheduled for May 23. The Almanac was not able to reach him for comment before deadline.

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