BAY CITY, Mich. — A former Michigan golf pro has avoided jail time for his role in a scam that authorities say included selling bogus golf course memberships.

The Bay City Times reports ( ) 39-year-old Brent Goik learned his punishment Monday. Goik earlier pleaded no contest to one count of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000. He blamed his now ex-wife for the scam, but said he allowed it to continue.

If he complies with probation terms he’ll be allowed to withdraw his plea and replace it with a plea to embezzlement between $200 and $1,000.

Ashley Goik in January pleaded no contest to embezzlement. She’s been sentenced to five years of probation.

The charges stemed from a state police investigation into sales of membership cards to the Bay County Golf Course in Hampton Township.

Information from: The Bay City Times,

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