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Ex-county clerk pleads no contest in case linked to money

Posted at 4:06 PM, Aug 20, 2020

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman who was swept into office with the help of President Donald Trump’s popularity has been ordered to repay $1,660 to a woman who was in her care.

Karen Spranger pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of disturbing the peace as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Spranger was accused of stealing money from the bank account of a 78-year-old woman without her permission.

Spranger was elected clerk of Macomb County in 2016, despite little name recognition.

Macomb voters in that same election also helped Trump win the state.

Spranger was removed from office in 2018 in a dispute over her residency.