Democratic candidate gets probation for embezzling about $150,000

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A former Democratic candidate for the Michigan House has been sentenced to probation and community service for embezzling about $150,000 when she served as treasurer of another campaign.

Thirty-four-year-old Jennifer Suidan of Wolverine Lake was ordered Tuesday to serve five years’ probation and make monthly payments to cover $98,000 she stole from the campaign of Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner and $51,000 she stole from a law firm hired to manage his campaign funds. She also must perform 100 hours of community service and write letters of apology.

She pleaded no contest to embezzlement in March. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

Suidan was a candidate for the House in the 39th District and lost in November to a Republican.

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