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Menlo Park: Ex-clerk pleads not guilty to embezzlement

A 48-year-old man who collected program fees at the front desk of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement.

Michael Benjamin Thulander is charged with diverting approximately $200 in drop-in class fees, according to the police report. He worked for the city from June 1999 until April 2014 as a part-time night clerk.

The San Mateo resident faces a maximum of six months in county jail if convicted. After his arraignment on May 26, the San Mateo County Superior Court scheduled his trial for Aug. 18.

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