Coleman Enters No Contest Plea In Michigan Embezzlement Case
May 19, 2006 at 5:45 AM (PT)
DETROIT PUBLIC RADIO noncommercial WDET/DETROIT GM MICHAEL COLEMAN has entered a no contest plea to one embezzlement charge in the case stemming from his stint as Deputy Director of the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN's MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA in ANN ARBOR.
COLEMAN's plea to the charge of misdemeanor embezzlement could have carried a penalty of up to a 5 year prison sentence and/or a fine of $10,000. but under the plea bargain, which reduced the charge to embezzlement of under $200., he faces a maximum of 93 days in jail and a $500. fine when he is sentenced on JUNE 22; he was one of three employees accused of accepting gifts like event tickets, meals, and merchandise in exchange for on-air mentions, with COLEMAN accused of signing off on a bar tab of $3,518. over three years. COLEMAN continues in his job at WDET.