6 years in prison for Mich. man in foundation scam

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A Grand Rapids-area man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for a scheme to get $800,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Nehemiah Muzamhindo of Kentwood was accused of creating shell companies and opening bank accounts while persuading the foundation to provide money to a charity in Africa. He pleaded guilty in March to money laundering.

MLive.com says Muzamhindo was sentenced Wednesday in Grand Rapids federal court. The loss to the Kellogg Foundation totaled $800,000, although Muzamhindo is responsible for $630,000. There were other people involved in the scheme.

Authorities learned about it while investigating Muzamhindo for other crimes. He's a native of Zimbabwe who entered the U.S. in 1995.

Defense attorney Scott Mertens says the case has brought his client a "great deal of shame."

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