According to the Nisqually Valley News (NVN):
“Former Yelm Cemetery Superintendent Tony Ward has settled the theft case against him.
According to court documents, Wards case has been settled by a negotiated plea of guilty to the charge of first-degree theft.”
“Ward was charged with first-degree theft charges in September 2012. Ward was accused of misappropriating more than $62,000 in public cemetery funds, according to court records.”
Further, in today’s NVN edition:
“The plea sentencing was rescheduled for March 21 to allow the prosecution to finalize the plea agreement. The agreement needs to be approved by the cemetery board and the state Attorney General, said Ken Valz, Wards lawyer.”
Ward currently owns a headstone business in Yelm
Now that Ward has changed his plea to guilty, his dispute of such allegations has been covered here several times previously:
– September 10, 2011
“CEMETERY ISSUE ADDS ANOTHER “BLACK-EYE” TO YELM’S LACK OF OVERSIGHT”
– August 31, 2011
“YELM: [STATE] “AUDITOR SAYS CEMETERY SUPERINTENDENT MISUSED FUNDS”
– June 16, 2010
This Blogger raised an issue with Mr. Ward about misuse of public funds –
“YELM CEMETERY OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”
UPDATE: March 13, 2014
“Auditor to Guide Cemetery Settlement Offer”
“Ex-Super Accused of $62,000 Theft; Criminal Charges and/or Restitution Still Possible”
Read more from the NVN.
UPDATE: March 29, 2014
“Cemetery Board Approves Settlement Offer With Ward”
“Former Yelm Superintendents Plea Deal Recommends 45 Days in Jail, $42,000 in Restitution”
Click here for Steven Wyble’s report in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN).
– UPDATE: April 4, 2014
“Ward Pleads Guilty in Theft Charges”
Read more from the Nisqually Valley News.