- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A former Hasting police detective has been charged with using a fundraising site to raise money for fraudulent medical expenses.

The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/26crMul ) reports that 46-year-old Jerry Esch is charged with theft by deception involving more than $5,000.

Ecsh told authorities he raised more than $30,000 after posting the GoFundMe page. Court documents say he told co-workers he needed to cover medical expenses not covered by his insurance provider, Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The affidavit also says that Blue Cross Blue Shield records from October 2014 to November 2015 show that Ecsh didn’t have any out-of-network services and that he had no denied claims in 2015.

Hastings Police Chief Pete Kortum didn’t confirm if Esch’s departure from the department was connected to the financial issue.



It wasn’t immediately clear if Ecsh has an attorney.

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

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