A 53-year-old Hudsonville area woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from her parents waived a probable cause hearing Thursday to preserve a plea deal that offers a lesser penalty.
Eloise Russo, the former guardian of Thomas and Ada Sherwin, is charged with embezzlement of more than $100,000. An Ottawa County Probate Court judge earlier determined a loss of $107,000, although Russo's attorney claims the amount is much less.
She allegedly told a court-appointed attorney in Ottawa County Probate Court that she spent at least $40,000, with $10,000 as a gift to her and the balance spent gambling.
Thomas Sherwin died recently at the age of 90 while his wife, Ada, 83, is in a nursing home. Prosecutors have offered Russo a deal to plead to embezzlement of more than $20,000.
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Daughter Charged With Embezzeling More Than $100,000 From Parents Waives Hearing
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