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      Woman accused of stealing from the poor

      Authorities have filed more embezzlement charges against the ex-president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Traverse City after accusations she stole at least about $140,000 from a charity created to serve the poor.

      The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 69-year-old Mary L. Flohe of Elmwood Township now is charged with nine felony counts of embezzling between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization. Flohe was charged with seven counts in January.

      Defense lawyer John Grogan says she's innocent. Flohe was the group's local president in until 2010, and prosecutors say she embezzled funds from 2007 through 2010. The organization operates a thrift store and provides other help to the needy.

      Flohe's trial is set for April 25. A final conference is scheduled for Friday.