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Kalamazoo Man Sentenced for Embezzlement
September 13, 2023
LANSING – Craig Macauley, 40, of Kalamazoo, was sentenced on multiple counts of financial elder abuse Monday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced. Judge Pamela Lightvoet sentenced Macauley to five months in jail, three years of probation, and standard fines and costs.
On October 31, 2022, Macauley pled guilty to three counts of Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult, $1,000 to $20,000. Per the plea agreement, Macauley paid a total of $30,000 in restitution for the victim prior to his sentencing. Macauley waived all rights to the following items seized by special agents of the Department of Attorney General, which were paid for with the victim’s money or taken from the victim:
- 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Truck
- 2017 Kawasaki ATV
- 2018 R&R Trailer
- 2005 GMC Yukon Denali
- 14k yellow gold diamond ring
Additionally, Macauley waived his rights to the victim’s home after it was determined he asked her to place his name on the deed.
“This case illustrates the importance of the Financial Crimes Division of my office in securing restitution for elderly victims and ensuring that those who misuse their authority are held accountable,” Nessel said. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who victimizes our state’s seniors and will pursue similar outcomes in every instance of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.”
Macauley took over $45,000 of the victim's money and property for his own purposes between 2018 and 2019. During this time, the victim was about 77 years old and suffered from multiple medical conditions, making her a vulnerable adult dependent 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 caused her bank account to become overdrawn.
This case was referred to the Financial Crimes Division of the Department of Attorney General by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office because it was a multi-county investigation.