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Ex-Mid-Michigan coach pleads guilty to charitable gaming crimes

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LAPEER COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A former Mid-Michigan softball coach has been sentenced after pleading guilty to charitable gaming crimes.

Mallory Jackson, 28, of Davison, is a former coach at Lapeer High School.

A judge sentenced her to pay $500 in restitution to the Lapeer West Softball Club, and serve 6-months of probation, after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charitable gaming violations.

In exchange for her plea two charges were dropped: a five-year felony embezzlement charge and a six-month misdemeanor charitable gaming law violation of unlawful distribution of charitable gaming event proceeds.

Jackson has also been ordered to pay $225 in fines and court costs.

“We are pleased the Lapeer West Softball organization will receive restitution, but we also hope these convictions inspire other organizations’ leaders and parents to be aware of their charity’s  management practices and who is allowed access to charity funds,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director. “While our agency has seen fewer criminal problems since introducing new charitable gaming rules in 2014, the MGCB will continue to investigate irregularities brought to our attention to protect the charities involved in charitable gaming.”

Meantime two other Lapeer residents have pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanor charitable gaming violations involving the softball club.

Gerald Miller, 49, of Lapeer, was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $725 in fines and court costs after pleading guilty to two counts of diverting charitable gaming funds while acting as vice-president of the Lapeer West Softball Club. The crimes happened between December 2010 and March 2011.

Tamara Miller, 48, of Lapeer, pled guilty to four counts of aiding and abetting a non-member to manage a charitable gaming event. The former vice president of the Lapeer West Softball Club was ordered to pay a $675 in fines and fees. The crimes happened between October 2010 and July 2011.

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