Former Grand Rapids Community College bookstore manager Stewart Krulikoski pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement today in Kent County Circuit Court, confessing to allegations that he stole more than $50,000 from Follett Higher Education Group, the company that owns and operates the campus bookstore.
On Oct. 5, GRCC administrators informed staff that Krulikoski was “no longer a member of the GRCC bookstore team.” He was arrested on a felony embezzlement charge Dec. 7, the same day a Follett official announced that the manager who replaced Krulikoski and the accounting clerk “are no longer with us.” Krulikoski was arraigned on Dec. 10.
He was originally charged with embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000, but his charge was reduced to embezzlement between $20,000 and $50,000, a crime punishable by a maximum 10-year sentence.
According to evidence presented during the hearing, investigators have determined that Krulikoski, 48, of Grand Rapids, embezzled $50,195.56 from Follett between Oct. 8, 2007 and Oct. 1, 2012, with possible additional funds yet to be discovered.
“I made one extremely poor decision, and now I’m facing the consequences,” said Krulikoski after his court appearance. “I regret the decision.”
Follett Public and Campus Relations Specialist Haleigh Morgan declined to comment on the court case.
“Thank you for your inquiry, but like any responsible company our policy is not to comment on legal matters involving former employees,” Morgan stated in an email response.
Kathy Mullins, executive deputy to the president and GRCC Board liaison, also declined to comment on the matter.
“It was a Follett personnel matter, and they’re not GRCC employees,” Mullins said. “We have a contract with Follett.”
Follett announced today that a new leadership team is in place at the bookstore.
Krulikoski will be back in court for his sentencing before Judge Dennis Leiber at 2 p.m. May 9.