Mich. House hope­ful charged

The Detroit News - - News - BY MIKE MARTIN­DALE The De­troit News

South­field — A can­di­date for state Leg­is­la­ture has been charged with em­bez­zling $100,000 or more from the cam­paign funds of Oak­land County Trea­surer Andy Meis­ner.

Jen­nifer Suidan, 34, of Wolver­ine Lake was ar­raigned Fri­day in South­field 46th Dis­trict Court on the of­fense, which is pun­ish­able by up to 20 years in prison. The to­tal amount of miss­ing funds is about $150,000, ac­cord­ing to sher­iff’s deputies who in­ves­ti­gated.

Suidan, who is ac­cused of em­bez­zling the funds while em­ployed at the Good­man Acker law firm, turned her­self in Fri­day and re­ceived a $25,000 per­sonal bond. She has been fired from the law firm, where she man­aged cam­paign funds for Meis­ner and oth­ers.

Suidan could not be reached for com­ment. She was Meis­ner’s cam­paign man­ager in the 2012 and 2016 elec­tions.

While her name will ap­pear on the Nov. 6 bal­lot for the 39th Dis­trict House seat, state Democrats have urged her to with­draw from the race. The 39th Dis­trict in­cludes parts of Com­merce Town­ship, West Bloom­field, Wixom and Wolver­ine Lake.


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