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Kalamazoo Man Pleads Guilty to Financial Elder Abuse
November 16, 2022
LANSING – A Kalamazoo County man pled guilty to multiple counts of financial elder abuse, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.
Craig Macauley, 39, of Kalamazoo, pled guilty to three counts of Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult, $1,000 to $20,000, pursuant to MCL 750.174a(4)(a). Per the plea agreement, Macauley agreed to waive all rights to the following items seized by special agents of the Department of Attorney General:
- 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Truck
- 2017 Kawasaki ATV
- 2018 R&R Trailer
- 2005 GMC Yukon Denali
- 14k yellow gold diamond ring
Macauley also agreed to waive his rights to the victim’s home, after it was determined he had her place his name on the deed. Additionally, Macauley paid $10,000 up front in restitution for the victim and has until his sentencing date to pay the remaining $20,000 in restitution.
Macauley took over $45,000 of the victim's money and property for his own purposes between 2018 and 2019. During this time period, the victim was about 77 years old and suffered from multiple medical conditions, making her a vulnerable adult who depended on others to help her with tasks around her home, drive her to appointments, and manage her finances and medications. Macauley used the victim's money to purchase multiple items, maxed out the victim’s credit cards and overdrew her bank account.
This case was referred to the Financial Crimes Division of the Department of Attorney General by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office due to it being a multi-county investigation.
“We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute crimes committed against seniors and other vulnerable adults in our state,” Nessel said.
Macauley is scheduled for sentencing on September 11, 2023, before Kalamazoo Circuit Court Judge Pamela Lightvoet.