Man charged with embezzling funds

A former University employee was arrested Friday for allegedly embezzling University funds.

Michael McHugh, 43, the former manager of the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository in Perrysburg, was suspended Oct. 19 after University employees reported the suspected fraud. He was dismissed from his position Nov. 2 for allegedly misusing public funds.

BGSU police officers found McHugh at Flower Hospital in Sylvania at about noon Friday and arrested him at 1 p.m., said Teri Sharp, director of media relations at BGSU.

He was held at the Wood County Justice Center on $100,000 cash bond.

Kim McBroom, associate vice president of marketing and communications at BGSU, said the amount stolen was more than $100,000.

Sharp said McHugh will be charged with aggravated theft and two counts of theft in office.

McHugh was named director of the book depository in 1995 and was the first person to hold this title, she said.

The facility is home to books and other materials rarely checked out from the BGSU, University of Toledo and Medical University of Ohio libraries.

The case is now being handled by the Wood County Prosecutor. McHugh will appear in court today at 8:30 a.m.