The former treasurer of an East Lansing elementary school’s parent-teacher council told a judge Wednesday that money he embezzled from the group helped pay his home’s mortgage.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Robert Clayton Miller — who is on leave from his state job because of a medical condition that was not described in court — will not serve any jail time. Miller pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor embezzlement charge, admitting he took between $200 and $1,000.
The embezzlement happened between June 2012 and June 2013 while Miller was serving as treasurer for Pinecrest Elementary School’s parent-teacher council.
“I was not feeling particularly well,” he told Judge Rosemarie Aquilina at a hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court. “I basically was not (performing my duties) at all.”
Miller, 49, didn’t elaborate on his medical condition, which has caused him to be on leave from his job with the state.
His attorney, Karen Phillips, said in an interview after the hearing: “There were some health issues that...were significant enough for him to be off work.”
In 2013, police discovered that nearly $7,800 was missing from the parent-teacher council. About $6,500 was recovered and returned to the organization. Miller was ordered to pay the remaining amount.
Miller had turned over his treasurer duties to his wife, Kimberly. He said he knew she used the money for a mortgage payment on their East Lansing home. They now live with her mother in Holt, he said.
In 2013, Kimberly Miller pleaded no contest in 54B District Court to a larceny charge, records show. She was placed on probation and ordered to pay more than $2,800 in fines and costs.
A sentence hearing for Robert Miller is set for Feb. 11.