Thursday, February 27, 2014

Former County Commissioner In Michigan Accused Of Embezzling $100+K From Trust For Elderly Man

From the Commercial Record on 2/27/14:

Former Allegan County Commissioner Terry Burns of Saugatuck, who last fall withdrew his candidacy for a state House seat, was arrested and arraigned Feb. 26 for allegedly embezzling money from a friend’s trust account.

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.
“That sum’s overblown and I can account for it,” Burns told The Commercial Record. Most of what was spent went for Migas’ expenses, he continued, including repairs on a house in which Migas lived with his girlfriend.

Burns also loaned himself close to $27,000, much of which went to campaign consultant and friend Matt Muxlow.
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