- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A former Hastings police detective accused of running a fraudulent fundraising site to enrich himself is set to be arraigned on a theft charge next month.

The Grand Island Independent reports (https://bit.ly/2ajFf0E ) that 46-year-old Jerry Esch will be arraigned in Adams County District Court on Aug. 16.

Investigators say Esch set up a GoFundMe page, raising more than $30,000 he had said was he needed to cover medical expenses for cancer treatments not covered by his insurance provider. But Hastings officials told investigators that Esch’s story didn’t square with the city’s insurance policy for police.

Esch had worked for the Hastings Police Department until February.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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