Court upholds sentence for embezzlement


An appeals court won't upset a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for a woman who stole nearly $2 million from a credit union in the region.

Kathryn Sue Simmerman worked her way up from teller to chief executive at Shoreline Federal Credit Union in Norton Shores, near Muskegon, before the embezzlement was discovered in 2014.

Her lawyers argued that Simmerman's sentencing guidelines were too high.

But a federal appeals court said last week the enhancements were appropriate.

The court said Simmerman's embezzlement threatened the health of the credit union.

The court said the amount of money was equal to 86 percent of Shoreline's earnings over its 62-year history.

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