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Suspect in elaborate scam sentenced to prison

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BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- A West Michigan man who set up shell companies and opened bank accounts to help embezzle money from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been given 6 years in a federal prison.

He was charged with money laundering and failing to pay federal taxes on the 850-thousand he claimed was being used to help children in Africa. ‘

Court documents say Nehemia Muzamhindo of Kentwood spent the money on household expenses and “an active social life”.

He has been ordered to pay 750-thousand in restitution but probably won't be able to pay it.

A Foundation employee working in South Africa who was part of the scam is serving 15 years there.

A third man cut a deal, cooperated with prosecutors and only got 6 months.