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Former Macomb County clerk arraigned on larceny charge

May 3, 2019

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A former county clerk has been arraigned on a larceny charge in connection with the withdrawal of $1,660 from the bank account of a 78-year-old Detroit-area woman.

Karen Spranger was released Friday on bond following an appearance in Warren District Court. She was arrested Thursday in a doughnut shop just north of Detroit.

The 66-year-old Spranger was a political unknown who rode President Donald Trump’s popularity to the Macomb County clerk’s job as a Republican. Trump got 53 percent of the county vote.

She spent 15 months as clerk before a judge removed her from office in 2018 . A judge said she wasn’t living at a Warren house when she filed to run for clerk in 2016.

The Associated Press left a message Friday seeking comment from Spranger’s attorney, Joseph Arnone.