Builders Association embezzler pleads guilty

A Coopersville woman used a non-profit organization’s credit card for personal purchases with plans to pay the money back.
Becky Vargo
May 28, 2014


“I wasn’t able to do that,” said Michele Georgette Bekken, 44, during a plea hearing Tuesday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Bekken pleaded guilty to embezzling $16,206 from the Holland-based Lakeshore Home Builders Association. Bekken handled the organization’s office duties.

She faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 30.

Judge Jon Hulsing encouraged Bekken to bring as much restitution money as she can, along with her fines and costs, to sentencing.

The judge said whatever she paid would be taken into consideration at sentencing.

Bekken remained free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.



And not a single Wall Street person went to jail for the 2008 wipeout! Makes you wonder right? This lady may have been emulating what she sees from the behavior of people further up the food chain. It's like the guy that steals an eight track from a 1970's car and goes to jail for 90 days. Can't even buy a cassette for the thing the guy stole but the laws the law when you're little.


Big or little, stealing is not justified, period.


I absolutely agree! I am pointing out a difference in the degree they pursue these criminals. Just seeking fairness.

Harry Kovaire

She should get the same harsh punishment as Jon Corzine.


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