MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Former Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger is facing legal trouble for allegedly attacking and stealing money from a 78-year-old woman for whom she was caring.
Police were called to the woman's home, and she told them her caretaker had pushed her to the ground, according to authorities.
The Warren Police Department dropped off warrant requests with the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, which will determine whether to issue the warrants against Spranger. The warrants will not be issued Thursday, officials said.
Officials said Spranger moved in with the woman in October, saying she was going to be her caretaker. Spranger has known the woman for years, police said.
This week, police received a call from the woman's financial institution, saying there had been some suspicious activity.
When authorities investigated the claim Tuesday, the woman said she had gotten into a confrontation with Spranger about a missing debit card. She said Spranger had pushed her to the ground during the dispute.
Officials said Spranger could face embezzlement and domestic violence charges.
- Watch the report from Local 4 News at 5 below.
Spranger was elected Macomb County clerk in 2016 and started her tenure in 2017. She only served about a year in office before a judge ruled she had lied on her affidavit and wasn't living where she claimed to be living.
Her short tenure was filled with controversy. You can read more about those incidents below.
Full coverage of Karen Spranger
March 13, 2017: Spranger seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel
June 28, 2017: Spranger's employees working in fear after security removed
Sept. 22, 2017: Spranger accused of moving, hiding computers overnight
Sept. 28, 2017: Judge rules against Spranger in 'toxic work environment' case
Oct. 25, 2017: Spranger caught on video covering up court order
Nov. 9, 2017: Spranger fails to meet judges' backlog deadline
Nov. 21, 2017: Union files motion to hold Spranger in contempt of court
Nov. 29, 2017: Contempt of court hearing held for Spranger
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger appears before Board of Commissioners
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger grilled over massive backlog in her office
Dec. 11, 2017: Judge hears arguments on Spranger's firing of employees
Jan. 8, 2018: Spranger puts Macomb County hiring on hold