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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Former Kent County Commissioner sentenced to jail for embezzlement charge

Diocese of Grand Rapids
Lindsey Smith
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Michigan Radio
The Diocese of Grand Rapids includes nearly 100 churches spread over 11 counties in West Michigan.

A former Kent County commissioner was sentenced to a year in jail this week.  Michael Wawee Junior pleaded no contest earlier this fall to a felony embezzlement charge.

Wawee is accused of overcharging families for the engraving of grave markers while working as a salesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

The Republican from the Grand Rapids suburb of Walker was arrested earlier in February. He resigned later that month.

Wawee will also have to pay more than $200,000 in restitution. He’ll be on probation for three years.

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