Kalamazoo doctor sentenced on embezzlement charge

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A podiatrist who bilked an elderly patient out of her life savings will spend nine months in jail.

Dr. Regina Spears-Everett was sentenced Tuesday for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from 91-year-old Toni Verdries, who died in 2011.

According to court documents, Spears-Everett helped Verdries turn over power of attorney before her death, and sign a new will, leaving Spears-Everett all of her assets.

In addition to jail time, Spears-Everett will spend 5 years on probation, and pay nearly $170,000 in restitution.