Former lighthouse keepers association director pleads guilty to financial crimes

November 14, 2023


Former lighthouse keepers association director pleads guilty to financial crimes

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor

LUDINGTON — The former executive director of the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association pleaded guilty in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Nov. 14, to felonies of larceny $1,000 or more and using a computer to commit a crime. 

Manting, 67, was arrested by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office last June. One count of stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent and a second count of using a computer to commit a crime will be dismissed.

Manting’s sentence will include no upfront jail time, said Mason County Prosecutor Lauren Kreinbrink. He faces a sentence of six months suspended jail; probation; restitution of $1,300; and fines and costs. The plea agreement also requires that he resign from the lighthouse keepers association, which announced last June that Jeff dePuis of Montague was named interim executive director following Manting’s arrest. 

Peter Manting, at left, and his attorney Damian Nunzio.

The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, based in Ludington, operates Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, Little Sable Point Lighthouse and White River Light Station. 

Sentencing is set for Jan 23 at 1:15 p.m.

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