ST. PETERS, Missouri (KMOV) – The former president of the St. Peters Chamber of Commerce is accused of stealing more than $175,000 from the group over a four-year period for personal use.
Edward Weeks Jr., 49, was charged Tuesday with one count of stealing.
According to court documents, from 2007 to 2011, Weeks wrote $177,000 worth of checks from the group’s bank account to himself and deposited the money into his personal bank account.
Shortly after Weeks left the chamber in September 2011, officials announced a plan to merge the St. Peters and St. Charles chambers of commerce. The plan was finalized earlier this month.
During the process of combing, the outgoing president of the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce, Clifford Heitmann, noticed some inconsistencies in some bills and saw Weeks had written checks to himself.
He notified authorities earlier this month.
Heitmann told authorities the chamber had been undergoing some financial difficulties, but they thought it was because of the economy.
Police said Weeks said he was about to lose his home and used to the checks to pay off personal bills.
Weeks was taken into custody on a $50,000 bail.