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Former aide to Jon Stryker sentenced to prison

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 5:45pm
The Associated Press

A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from a prominent Kalamazoo businessman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell on Wednesday sentenced 50-year-old Janet Karpus, an executive assistant to Jon Stryker. He's the grandson of the founder of medical-device company Stryker Corp.

Bell also sentenced Karpus to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of more than $1.6 million in $200 monthly installments.

Karpus told Bell she was "ashamed and disgusted" but doesn't know why she did it.

She acknowledged using credit cards and checks tied to credit accounts that belonged to Stryker's business, Depot Landmark, which rehabs historic buildings in the area.

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