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Mother embezzles more than $26,000 from steering plant

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CARO, MI (WNEM) -

A married mother of three children embezzled more than $26,000 from the Millennium Steering Plant in Cass City.

Amber Hennessey, 26, was sentenced to six months in jail and two years of probation.

Tuscola County Circuit Judge Amy Gierhart said Hennessey has committed a wrong that affects not only her family, but those of others.

Hennessey, of Cass City, pleaded guilty to embezzling between $20,000 and $50,000 from the plant. Prosecutors dismissed a second charge of embezzlement as part of the plea agreement.

Her crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but Hennessey's attorney, Saginaw Township lawyer David Hoffman, said she has no prior criminal record.

Hoffman said Hennessey is sorry and she wants to pay back the $26,224 in restitution owed to Millennium Steering.

Hennessey told the judge she's sorry for her crime and for the humiliation she caused her family.

During Hennessey's sentencing on May 12, Gierhart said she was disappointed Hennessey hadn't paid back any of the money. The embezzlement occurred from April 2011 to August 2012, according to court records.

Hennessey was the human resources coordinator at Millennium when she was stealing, said Janine Meeker, a representative for Millennium.

Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene said Hennessey didn't stop embezzling during the investigation, instead she pointed out other employees that could have been suspects.

The judge also ordered Hennessey to pay $938 in fines and costs in addition to restitution and granted her work release privileges.

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