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Former PTO president sentenced

Bonny Holden

Bonny Holden

The former president of the Cedar Trails Parent Teacher Organization was sentenced last week for embezzlement.

Bonny Lynn Holden, 41, of Oakfield Township pled guilty earlier this month to a felony charge of embezzlement of $200 or more but less than $1,000 from a non-profit or charitable organization. She was sentenced on Thursday, October 22, before Judge Lieber in Kent County’s 17th Circuit Court. She was sentenced to 18 months probation, $68 state costs, $60 in crime victim’s rights costs, $700 in court costs, and $4,207.70 in restitution. She also received 80 hours credit towards her sentence.

The Cedar Springs Police was contacted in February by PTO board members and asked to investigate the possible embezzlement of funds from the PTO. Members provided information and documents about missing money that went as far back as fall of 2008. Holden was cooperative and met with police on several occasions, providing additional details on how the money was being handled by her. She turned herself into police when a warrant was issued and was arrested on June 10.

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