GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kentwood dental employee convicted of embezzlement made a tearful apology to her bosses Tuesday and vowed to repay the more than $150,000 she took from Dental Associates of West Michigan.
Kathy Lynn Elenbaas, 53, choked up several times during a brief statement in Kent County Circuit Court. She earlier pleaded guilty to embezzlement of more than $100,000, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan lauded the compassion of Drs. Steven Conlon and James Vincelj, who hired Elenbaas seven years ago. Colon told Elenbaas she is forgiven, but added: "I am truly disappointed in you.''
"The saddest thing here is the money Kathy took from our practice we would have given her, if she had asked,'' Conlon told the court.