Petunia Parade chairwoman admits $50K embezzlement

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Petunias are native to tropical America. Photo via wikimedia.org

A woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $50,000 from the Petunia Parade — an annual event in Ludington to plant thousands of petunias.

Former chairwoman Donna Brown of Pentwater said she was greedy. She told a judge Wednesday, "I wanted more and got more."

Brown is likely to face at least four months in jail when she returns to a Ludington court on June 10.

Petunia Parade

On May 17, hundreds of volunteers will plant 30,000 petunias in Ludington during the Petunia Parade. The flowers are usually in full bloom by July 4. Captains on each block are in charge of watering and weeding.

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