Lindsey sentenced to prison for embezzlement

BIG RAPIDS — A Stanwood woman will serve prison time after being convicted for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the village of Barryton.

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Jennifer Kate Lindsey was sentenced to seven to 30 years in prison on Thursday in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court. She also was credited for serving 18 days and must pay fines and court fees.

Lindsey, who was once the acting clerk/treasurer for the village of Barryton, was arraigned in June 2018, following an investigation by the Michigan State Police, during which she was charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the village for personal use.

In May 2019, Lindsey pleaded no contest to an added count of embezzlement of more than $50,000 but less than $100,000. In exchange for pleading to the lesser charge, her initial charge of embezzling more than $100,000 was dismissed. Also as part of the agreement, Lindsey’s habitual offender fourth offense charge was reduced to habitual offender third offense.

During the sentencing hearing, Stacy Dennis, village of Barryton trustee, recounted the history of accounting discrepancies while Lindsey worked with the village.

“Jennifer hurt a lot of people in our little village,” Dennis said.

Before receiving her sentence, Lindsey also addressed the court.

“I do want the village of Barryton president and the people to know I am very sorry for the outcome of things,” she said.

While restitution in the case currently is set at $0, Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy said this is subject to change. Prosecuting attorney Brian Thiede said he expects restitution to be set between $100,000 and $150,000 following future discussions.

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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