Burns, also a former Saugatuck Township supervisor, was arrested by Michigan State Police and charged with one felony county of embezzlement in relation of trust with a vulnerable adult for more than $20,000.
He was arraigned in Allegan County District Court and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. A preliminary hearing was set before District Judge Joseph Skocelas March 19 at 9 a.m.
Burns, 70, could not be reached for comment.
An Allegan County Probate judge removed him as conservator for the Joseph Migas estate Nov. 22, 2013, four days before Burns announced his withdrawal the 80th District state House race due to concerns of excessive spending and financial exploitation.
In three months Burns spent $80,000 of a $167,000 trust set up for Joseph Migas, 84, according to a Macatawa Bank investigation.
Burns also loaned himself close to $27,000, much of which went to campaign consultant and friend Matt Muxlow.