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Ex-Kent County commissioner pleads guilty

September 29, 2014
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Commissioner charged with felonies over cemetery plots
Michael Wawee, Jr.’s mug shot.

An ex-Kent County commissioner has pleaded guilty to two felony charges while working for a Catholic cemetery.

Authorities said Michael Wawee pleaded guilty Friday to the charges, including embezzlement from a charity or nonprofit.

Grand Rapids police said they determined through an investigation that Wawee had overcharged families for the engraving of grave markers while working for Holy Cross Cemetery, which is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Police have said the diocese wasn't aware of the overcharging.

Wawee resigned from the commission in February.

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