- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - A former Berrien County commissioner with a gambling problem has received a prison sentence of 2 years, 10 months to 20 years after pleading guilty for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from service agencies.

Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock issued the sentence Monday to 62-year-old Bob Wooley.

Schrock also ordered the Coloma man to pay $317,000 in restitution to the North Berrien Senior, where he served as director. And the judge ordered Wooley to make an as-yet-undetermined amount of restitution to North Berrien Fire Rescue, where he was treasurer.

Wooley’s lawyer says his client stole the money to cover his gambling expenses.

Wooley quit the county commission on March 20, the same day he pleaded guilty.

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