Montcalm County medical examiner investigator facing jail time

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:09 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jason Danford

STANTON — A medical examiner investigator for Montcalm County pleaded guilty Thursday to using a county credit/debit card for personal use.

Jason Danford, 38, of Sheridan, entered his plea in 8th Judicial Circuit Court to stealing or retaining a financial transaction device without consent. The conviction is a possible four-year felony, but Danford likely will be sentenced to 30 days in jail due to a plea agreement.

Danford admitted to using the county’s card to purchase $239 in gas in Carson City and Stanton last July. He also used the card illegally in Grand Rapids, Ionia and Williamston, but those charges will be dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Danford must pay restitution for all county expenses involved.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime.

Danford was hired as a medical examiner investigator by Sparrow Forensic Pathology in Lansing, the medical examiner’s office for Montcalm County. Danford is no longer employed by Sparrow.

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