A lawyer for a woman who admits embezzling about $600,000 from a Grand Rapids bank is urging a judge to keep her out of prison.
Rick Zambon says Joann Wierenga needs help for a gambling addiction, not incarceration. She'll be sentenced Monday in federal court.
Wierenga pleaded guilty in February to embezzling from Huntington Bank for seven years. Her lawyer says she has repaid at least $132,000 and admitted the thefts when confronted by the bank nearly two years ago.
Federal prosecutors aren't happy with Wierenga. They say she took $1,600 from another employer last November, just three months before her guilty plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula calls her an "irrepressible thief."
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