Jessica Heeringa case: Fundraising fraud charge issued against second woman

Jessica Heeringa case: Fundraising fraud charge issued against second woman, A second woman, 56-year-old Susan Louise Adams of Muskegon Heights, has been charged criminally for allegedly trying to collect funds while falsely claiming the money was to support the son of missing Jessica Heeringa.

Muskegon County District Court Magistrate John Wiewiora signed an arrest warrant Friday afternoon, June 7, charging Adams, who lives in the 3300 block of Lemuel Street, with larceny of less than $200. That’s a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

According to police, Adams on May 13 was standing outside the Wal-Mart store on Henry Street in Roosevelt Park collecting money from passersby, claiming it was to help support Heeringa’s 3-year-old son.

Adams has an extensive prior criminal record, including at least three felony convictions for drugs and other offenses, according to Timothy Maat, chief assistant Muskegon County prosecutor.

She is currently on probation for a 2013 felony conviction of cocaine delivery less than 25 grams, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.

Another 56-year-old was charged earlier for allegedly doing the same thing. Joann Vaughan, who lives in the 6600 block of East Hile Road in Sullivan Township, faces a misdemeanor charge of larceny by false pretenses, less than $200. She was arraigned May 30 and is scheduled for a pretrial conference June 19, according to court records.

Jessica Heeringa disappeared April 26 from the Exxon gas station on East Sternberg Road in Norton Shores, where she was working alone at the time.

Police believe Heeringa was taken around 11 p.m. Police have been searching for a silver minivan. A suspect or suspects hadn’t been identified as of Friday.
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