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Guilty Plea In Romeo Lions Club Theft

ROMEO (WWJ) - The man who helped a Macomb County sheriff's deputy steal money from the Romeo Lions Club will not go to jail.

Todd Walker, 39, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor embezzlement charge, bringing with him a check with him to repay the $5,800 he took.   He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 100 hours of community service.

Walker was the groundskeeper of the group's clubhouse when prosecutors said he helped the deputy, Lions Club treasurer Bobbie Jo Craft,  steal $21,000.

Craft, who resigned from her job at the Sheriff's Department before her arrest,  also repaid her share. She will be sentenced next month.

The Lions Club is responsible for putting together the Peach Festival, Romeo's largest annual event held each Labor Day weekend. Walker had worked as grounds keeper for the organization's clubhouse.

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