GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Zeeland attorney faces federal charges for allegedly stealing more than $800,000 from trusts he set up for his clients.
Kenneth Hoesch was charged with a single count of operating a mail fraud scheme. He's accused of converting the money from estate planning trusts.
Some of the money came from trusts he helped set up for the American Cancer Society.
In June 2011, a U.S. Secret Service agent said Hoesch, 59, took $50,000 from one trust just before leaving on a vacation to the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
The Secret Service, the IRS, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have been investigating Hoesch's years-long "embezzlement, mail fraud and bank fraud enterprise" since January 2011, the agent wrote.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, restitution and a fine, plus supervised release.
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