Brothers accused of embezzling from father who suffered from dementia


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI – A pair of brothers are accused of embezzling more than $81,000 from their father in the last year of his life.

Scott and William Grondman Jr. face charges of embezzling from a vulnerable adult after Kent County Sheriff's Department investigators say they wrote checks for their own use from the account of their 84-year-old father, William Grondman Sr.

According to a probable cause affidavit in Kent County District Court, the elder Grondman was a resident of Heather Hills retirement community in Cascade Township in October when an employee became aware of financial irregularities and reported it to police.

The senior Grondman allegedly suffered from dementia and had no guardian or power of attorney over his finances, according to police.

Grondman was the owner of Green Meadow Mobile Home Park and Southwest Mobile Home Sales for many years.

Police say between January and October of last year, the brothers wrote at least 38 checks totaling $81,188.

William C. Grondman Sr.Courtesy Photo 

Scott Grondman, 51, and William Grondman Jr., 57, were arraigned in March and are currently out on bond, according to jail records. Scott Grondman has a previous conviction from 1996 for maintaining a drug house, according to the affidavit.

William Grondman Sr. died April 19.

The brothers were in court this week where Judge Jeffrey O'Hara ruled there was enough evidence to bind the case over to Kent County Circuit Court before Judge Dennis Leiber.

Related: Obituary for William C. Grondman Sr.

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