Jury trials delayed for 3 people in GEAR UP scandal

February 15, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Jury trials have been rescheduled for three people who allegedly aided in an embezzlement scheme that helped spark South Dakota’s GEAR UP scandal.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says trial for former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Assistant Business Manager Stephanie Hubers has been moved from Charles Mix County to Sioux Falls, with the date moving from March 1 to June 25.

Jackley’s office tells the Argus Leader the joint trial in Charles Mix County for former GEAR UP consultant Stacy Phelps and former Mid-Central Director Dan Guericke that was scheduled for June 25 will be delayed until after Hubers’ trial.

Former Mid-Central Business Manager Scott Westerhuis in 2015 shot his wife and their four children, then set fire to their home and killed himself. Authorities believe the couple stole more than $1 million before their deaths.

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