Former Berrien County deputy pleads guilty to false pretenses

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - A former deputy with the Berrien County Sheriff's Office pleaded guilty to false pretenses after being accused of embezzling from the Niles Wrestling Club, according to the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office.

Trent Babcock pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor, a reduced charge.

He was accused of using over $11,000 in funds from the club.

An investigator from the Niles Police Department reported that between 2017 and 2022, there were a number of unexplained transactions made from the club's bank accounts.

Babcock was originally charged with three counts of felony embezzlement.

His sentencing is set for January 23, 2023.

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