Ex State Employee Charged With Embezzlement

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A former state employee is accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to buy a plasma television, bowling equipment and other items.

Sandra May Wentworth, a 47-year-old from Lansing, was arrested Thursday and charged with using a state credit card to make more than $400,000 in illegal purchases between 2001 and 2004. Wentworth was a buyer and manager for the department. She resigned in July 2004.

The Michigan State Police began investigating Wentworth after officials became suspicious of some of her purchases.

Wentworth bought equipment for her family-owned bowling alley as well as exercise equipment and furniture for her home, Attorney General Mike Cox said Monday. If convicted of embezzlement and tax fraud, Wentworth could spend up to five years in prison.

Investigators also charged Wenworth's husband and son with tax fraud.

Wayne Leroy Wentworth, 56, turned himself in. Eric Robert Krauss, 24, was arrested.

Sandra Wentworth's preliminary examination is scheduled for Oct. 6.