- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The former executive director of the Yellowstone County Museum has denied charges that he took more than $31,000 from the museum over a period of about four years.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1rJkImP) 61-year-old Charles “Chas” Weldon pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony theft. District Judge Russell Fagg released him without bail.

Prosecutors allege Weldon obtained a museum debit card without the board’s knowledge and used it to make personal purchases along with taking cash donations and gift shop receipts.

Detective Shane Bancroft said with the help of Weldon, he estimated the amount of money taken at more than $31,000. However, court records say Weldon later admitted to taking another $1,000 and keeping cash advances in an amount he could not estimate.

The investigation continues.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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