Former EMS treasurer pleads guilty to stealing from agency

Chad Wessels, 48, the former treasurer of George EMS in Iowa, was ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution to the agency


Nick Hytrek
Sioux City Journal, Iowa

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — The former treasurer of the George, Iowa, Emergency Medical Services has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $26,000 in agency funds.

Chad Wessels, 48, of George, entered a written plea Friday in Lyon County District Court to one count of third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. The charge was reduced from felony first-degree theft as part of a plea agreement.

Chad Wessels, 48, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $26,000 from George EMS while serving as the agency's treasurer. (Photo/Lyon County Sheriff's Office)
Chad Wessels, 48, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $26,000 from George EMS while serving as the agency's treasurer. (Photo/Lyon County Sheriff's Office)

According to terms of the plea agreement, Wessels will be sentenced to 60 days in jail and serve two years on probation. He also will be fined $625 and must pay $26,193 in restitution to the George EMS.

An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation probe identified approximately $18,000 in unauthorized checks written to Wessels, who was treasurer from February 2014 until September. The investigation also found that Wessels took approximately $8,000 in cash donations from the EMS' annual fundraiser from 2016 through 2019.

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