Karen Spranger waives preliminary examination in larceny case involving an elderly woman she was supposed to be taking care of

Posted at 1:00 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 14:27:27-04

Former Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger appeared in court to waive her preliminary examination. Spranger has been charged with larceny in relation to a case involving a Warren woman she was supposed to be taking care of.

She is now due back in court August 19.

Since the end of February, Warren police have been seeking charges , alleging Spranger stole money from a 78-year-old woman and assaulted her. Police said she filed a report but decided not co cooperate and didn't want to proceed with any investigation. Police were originally seeking charges for embezzlement and domestic violence.

7 Action News spoke with Spranger's alleged victim, who was reluctant to speak given what she said was a 15 year friendship with Spranger. She didn't want to say her name or show her face, but told us, "“I’ve experienced enormous loss financially and materially. I don’t have any judgment or resentment. I just want her to be healthy and happy.”

According to Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, an investigation found that between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 of this year, the victim's ATM was used eight times and $1,660 was taken from the victim's account. Each time, Smith said that Spranger was the person taking the money out of the account.

Spranger has been charged with larceny between $1,000 and $20,000, which is a 20-year felony.

Originally, the victim said she just wanted Spranger out of her life, but after the investigation and seeing photos, she wanted to proceed with the prosecution.

Several of the photos of Spranger captured on bank surveillance at the ATM are below.

Spranger lost her job as clerk last year when a judge found she lied about where she lives.