Friday, December 18, 2009
Michigan Man Pleads Guilty In $441K Embezzlement Conspiracy
Dean Alan Nienhuis, 34, of Allegan, Michigan, pleaded guilty this week to one felony charge of embezzlement of more than $100,000 from the Lakeshore Partnership, an operator of McDonald's franchises, where his bookkeeper wife was employed and also charged in the alleged conspiracy. Investigators believe that his wife, Erica Joy Nienhuis, 30, embezzled more than $441,000 by writing at least 42 checks to herself and to her husband. She has been charged separately. Dean Nienhuis has been the subject of prior felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and faces up to 20 years in prison in this matter.
Update (6/21/10): Erica Nienhuis was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, plus ordered to pay full restitution. Dean Nienhuis was previously sentenced to 1 year in prison for his role in the embezzlement scheme. Erica was also found guilty of welfare fraud in receiving food stamps for which she was not eligible.