Tougher sentences allowed under elder abuse law

New law allows Michigan judges to impose tougher sentences on criminals who embezzle from senior citizens

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LANSING, Mich. - Judges in Michigan can impose tougher sentences on criminals who embezzle money from senior citizens and the mentally ill under a new state law.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed the Vulnerable Adult Embezzlement Statute which allows consecutive sentences for multiple offense convictions.

The measure brings the statute up to date with the state's general embezzlement statutes.

Snyder also has signed a bill that leaves revocation of fines for driving without properly securing a child in a safety seat to a judge's discretion.

Another bill signed into law by Snyder bans drivers from using hand-held cellphones while operating commercial vehicles or school buses. The same law allows a former horse-drawn carriage that has been modified and fitted with an electric motor to operate as a taxi.

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