Woman Charged in Heeringa Fundraising Fraud

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jun 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-07 17:50:34-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Fifty-six-year-old Susan Louise Adams has been charged with allegedly trying to collect funds and falsely claiming that they would support the 3-year-old son of missing woman Jessica Heeringa, according to Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson.

The Muskegon Heights woman could spend up to 93 days in jail for the alleged larceny, which Muskegon County District Court Magistrate John Wiewiora signed an arrest warrant for on Friday.

According to Hilson, Adams was standing outside the Wal-Mart store on Henry Street in Roosevelt Park collecting money and saying it was for Heeringa’s son.  According to the Michigan Department of Corrections website, her past criminal history includes three felony drug convictions, and she is currently on probation for a 2013 felony conviction of cocaine delivery less than 25 grams,

Adams is the second person charged with falsely collecting money in Heeringa’s name.  Another 56-year-old, Sullivan Township woman Joann Vaughan, faced the same charge in mid-May and is awaiting a pretrial hearing.