Former Sault Ste. Marie Hotel Employees Sentenced for Stealing from Employer

“I am so, so sorry that I am sitting here right now. I want my family to know that. I’m sorry.”

Emotional pleas in Chippewa County Tuesday; a judge handed down punishments for four people who stole more than half a million dollars from their employer.

We’ve been following this story since it first broke in January 2018.

John and Joanie Grove, Nicole Grove and Victoria Garber all used to work at the Ramada Plaza Ojibway Hotel in Sault Ste. Marie.

Over the course of several years, they forged documents, overcharged guests and withdrew money from hotel accounts, embezzling over half a million dollars from the hotel.

It nearly caused the hotel to go bankrupt.

Tuesday, the judge sentenced Joanie and Victoria to up to 20 years with the Department of Corrections.

Nicole will spend nine months in jail and John will serve six months of jail and probation.

John and Joanie will pay $250,000 in restitution.

Victoria will pay $40,000 and Nicole will pay $60,000.

Hotel owners Dean and Mary Lou Krieg say they are grateful for the support of the community.

“In some ways, I’m satisfied with what has happened and in other ways I’m disappointed. The sentences don’t fit the crime. But I’m happy with how it turned out. This community has just been so supportive. They’ve had their arms around us the entire time. For that, we’re grateful,” Dean and Mary Lou Krieg said.

The Kriegs say restoring public trust in their hotel is an ongoing process.