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Township supervisor faces charge related to real estate deal

A township supervisor in western Michigan has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 in a real estate case.

Court documents shows that the larceny by conversion of charge against 52-year-old Plainfield Township Supervisor Jay Spencer stems from a civil lawsuit surrounding a real estate deal.

It doesn't involve township money.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Spencer was arraigned Friday in Wyoming District Court.

During the hearing, Spencer described himself as a real estate consultant.

He didn't respond to questions from reporters at court.

According to court documents, an investor entered into a business agreement with Spencer in 2011 and the person invested $241,000 to buy, fix up and sell a house.

Police say about $180,000 was spent on non-business items.

Spencer is due back in court Feb. 17.

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