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Plainwell Man to Face Trial on Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult Charges

LANSING - An Allegan County man waived his preliminary exam and will face trial related to financial elder abuse, Michigan attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Last month, Craig Macauley, 39, of Plainwell, was charged with seven counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $1,000 to $20,000.

The Department alleges Macauley took over $45,000 from an elderly woman who depended on others to assist with tasks, like driving her to appointments. Additionally, Macauley allegedly transferred the title of the victim's truck to himself, maxed out her credit cards and overdrew her bank account.

Macauley waived his preliminary exam this afternoon, sending the case over to Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.

"We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute crimes committed against seniors and other vulnerable adults in our state," Nessel said.

Next dates were not set Wednesday afternoon.