A daughter is accused of embezzling more $100,000 from her elderly parents.
Eloise Russo, 53, was appointed the guardian to her parents, Thomas Sherwin, 90 and his 83-year-old wife, Ada, in April 2007. But in July 2008 she was removed as the guardian over allegations of fraud.
Sherwin died on Monday. Her mother is currently living in a nursing home.
Russo's siblings declined to comment.
She has been arraigned in Hudsonville District Court on the felony charge and faces up to 10 years if convicted.
Her attorney told 24 Hour News 8 she intended to return the money and that she was the only one of five children to take care of her aging parents.
"She never intended to steal as alleged," said attorney Kelly G. Lambert, "and in fact she's even paid substantial sum of that money. I see the allegations against her well in excesss of over a $100,000. That's nowhere near true. Ms. Russo has paid over $60,000 of the funds back and she did it earlier this year."
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