Man Accused of Embezzling $400,000 Intended for West Michigan Church
According to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Clifford Lazarus was arraigned in late April on a felony count of embezzlement, $100,000 or more.
He is currently out of jail on a $10,000 bond.
Deputies said that the St. John Lutheran Church in Ionia filed a complaint that they did not receive money that Lazarus’ girlfriend intended for them after her death in 2011.
Lazarus was the trustee for her estate, and nearly $200,000 is still unaccounted for, officials said.