The former chairwoman of the Ludington Petunia Parade gets six months in jail for embezzlement.
Donna Lee Brown of Pentwater appeared in the Mason County court yesterday and pled guilty to embezzlement. From 2008 to 2013, Brown embezzled about 48-thousand-dollars from the committee. She told the judge that she wrote checks out to cash and paid for personal items such as groceries and bills. Brown also said there was no checks and balances in place, which made it easy for her to get away with taking the money. Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola offered a plea deal of six months in jail -- serving four upfront and then 60 days on a tether. Brown also has to pay back the amount stolen in restitution. She will be sentenced in June.