Saturday, July 19, 2014

4th of July Festival Fund embezzlement case

David Nurmi, a Chester man accused of stealing more than $2,000 from the city's 4th of July Festival fund, made a brief appearance in court Friday morning. Nurmie waived his right to a preliminary hearing, meaning this case will now go through circuit court. A closer look at the criminal complaint, though, reveals that the nine felony embezzlement charges against Nurmi stem from an investigation where Chester's mayor contacted state police regarding the alleged embezzlement. The complaint also indicates that Nurmi may have confessed his acts in a written statement to authorities, saying the money was taken from the account for personal use to satisfy debt that had been incurred by extended family members. Neither Nurmi or his defense attorney would not comment on that, or a conflicting report that it was all a miscommunication. In all, Nurmi is alleged to have taken $2,550 between June and November of last year. The alleged transactions happened on nine separate occasions from a community organization operating under the name City of Chester Centennial Committee. Nurmi's first appearance in circuit Court has not been set.

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