A former nonprofit executive was ordered to pay $128,900.80 in restitution and fees after pleading guilty to third degree felony theft from the San Angelo Emergency Corps. Clinton Cory Pelzel, 41, stole more than $100,00 from the organization across five years.
The theft was discovered in 2016 and is just now being adjudicated. Pelzel spent the money on personal expenses while he was treasurer of the organization. The cash had been donated to the organization, according to arrest reports.
According to prosecutors, Pelzel was fired from a security-system firm when it was found a doctor’s note he handed in was forged. When cleaning out his desk, another employee found suspicious bank statements. Those documents were given to a manager at the business. Those documents included photocopies of checks and documents that appeared altered, payee information and dollar amounts, according to prosecutors.
Pelzel received five years deferred adjudication, which means he’ll not have a conviction on his record so long as he complies with terms of the deal. That deal includes not to handling money for any business and not serving on any board or holding any office in any fiduciary capacity. He could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.
The thefts occurred between January 2011 and December 2015 while Pelzel was treasurer of the organization. According to gosanangelo.com, the website of the San Angelo Standard-Times, 391st Judicial District Court Judge Brad Goodwin asked him where the money is now and Pelzel responded that he didn’t have it.
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