Ousted Macomb Clerk Karen Spranger Pleads No Contest in Larceny Case

August 19, 2020, 5:33 PM

Karen Spranger

Karen Spranger, who had a short and tulmutuous run as Macomb County Clerk before being ousted, pleaded no contest in court Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports. She was accused of taking $1,660 from an elderly Warren woman she cared for last year.

Spranger pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. The original larceny felony charge was dismissed. No contest means a criminal defendant does not dispute the charge, but does not admit guilt. 

Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski ordered her to pay $1,660 in restitution immediately and fined her $425. Spranger was given credit for one day in jail.

Spranger, elected clerk in 2016, was removed from her $108,800-per-year job in March 2018 after a judge determined that she lied about her residency. During her tenure, she was acccused of being incompetent and causing political turmoil. 

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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