- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) - A manager who turned a western Michigan credit union into a personal piggy bank is returning to court for her sentence.

Over more than a decade, Kathryn Sue Simmerman stole nearly $2 million from Shoreline Federal Credit Union in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. She was fired about a year ago.

Prosecutors are recommending more than seven years in prison. Simmerman will appear on Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids.

The government says “misplaced trust” by others at the credit union contributed to Simmerman’s ability to steal so much money without getting caught earlier. She embezzled $319,000 in 2014.

Simmerman’s lawyers say she regrets her crimes and “feels shame.” Insurance covered 70 percent of the credit union’s loss.

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