By Allen Edmonds email@example.com
An 80-year-old Belton man has been charged with eight counts of felony theft after more than $20,000 was discovered missing from the Pickering Place Home Owners Association account this past May.
Michael A. Gieringer, of Pickering Place, was issued a criminal summons on Thursday after Associate Circuit Judge Mike Rumley denied Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dillon Cook's request for an arrest warrant.
An arraignment hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
According to court documents, an audit of the association's accounts in May revealed that a total of $20,410 had been paid out of the paint fund to Gieringer.
In a May 22 interview conducted by a Cass County Sheriff's Office deputy, Gieringer admitted to writing checks to himself starting two years ago, totaling $18,610, probable cause affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, Gieringer used the funds to pay personal debts and was working on arrangements to pay the funds back.
After being denied an arrest warrant, Prosecuting Attorney Ben Butler filed a motion requesting the judge to order Gieringer to submit to fingerprinting for "criminal history reporting purposes."
That motion has not been ruled upon.