Former Lansing councilman convicted in embezzlement case

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - UPDATE 12:54 P.M. 12/7/2017
A former Lansing City Council president who authorities say took money from a concession stand he managed in 2016 has been convicted of embezzlement.
An Ingham County Circuit Court jury on Thursday announced its verdict in the case of 60-year-old Harold Leeman Jr., who was on city council from 1996 to 2007 and its president in 2006 and 2007.
Prosecutors say he failed to hand over money from the Gier Park concession stand and reimbursed himself too much for gas.

Sentencing is Jan. 17. Leeman faces up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

8:00 A.M. 12-7-2017
Former Lansing city council President Harold Leeman Jr. is on trial Thursday.

Officials say he took money from a charitable organization and would not pay it back in a timely manner.

Leeman Jr. is charged with embezzling between $1000 and $19,999 from the Gier Park Community Center Board. This allegedly happened over a five-month period in 2016 while he was managing a concession stand there.

If he is convicted, Leeman faces up to five years in prison with a fine up to $10,000 or three times the amount stolen, whichever is larger.

Harold Leeman Jr. also ran for Mayor of Lansing this past election.

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