Judge sentences ex-schools superintendent


The former superintendent of a school district in the region has been sentenced to jail and probation.

A Berrien County judge sentenced Leonard Seawood, formerly of Benton Harbor Area Schools, to 90 days in jail and five years of probation following his embezzlement convictions.

Seawood was convicted in December on five counts of embezzlement and obtaining money under false pretenses. He was accused of embezzling more than $40,000 by taking payouts for unused vacation days.

Seawood has maintained that he received authorization for the payouts.

Seawood's attorneys asked for leniency, WSBT TV reports. They said their client has already lost a lot, and incarceration wasn't necessary.

The Benton Harbor man was suspended from the district in 2015 and later fired following an investigation by Michigan State Police. He had been superintendent since 2010.

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