Complaint: Accusations Fly Over $100,000 Missing From San Angelo Emergency Corps

SAN ANGELO, TX -- Local non-profit organization San Angelo Emergency Corps (SAEC) has been a victim of theft, the leader of the non-profit claimed. A probable cause affidavit claims a thief robbed the organization that was founded after the ‘53 Lakeview Tornado, of over $100,000.00.

About one year ago, President of the non-profit organization David Behrend discovered that $104,300.81 had gone missing from the Emergency Corps’ budget. Behrend told police officer John Bouligny about the shocking findings and listed Clinton Pelzel as the thief as he had been the SAEC’s treasurer during the time the thefts occurred. Pelzel said the accusation is false.

Behrend’s suspicion of Pelzel came after a former employer of Pelzel gave Behrend paper documents concerning financial banking statements from First Financial Bank, which held the monies of SAEC.

Upon further inspection, the documents appeared to have been altered by means of cutting with a precision tool and pasting numbers, payee information, and dollar amounts onto the sheets. The previous employer of Pelzel informed Behrend that Pelzel had been fired after he had lied about a doctor’s note. Pelzel had been assigned a desk job at his previous employer, but after he was fired, another employee cleaned out his desk where he found the numerous documents containing SAEC banking information.  The previous employer then kept the documents safe until she handed them over to Behrend.

Vice President of SAEC David Wayne Miller stated that Pelzel took over the Corps’ duty as treasurer after his wife, Shannon Pelzel, stopped showing up for meetings. Furthermore, Miller added that Pelzel had not brought requested records in timely matter. Therefore, Miller requested Pelzel bring a copy of the records to him to compare with a copy of records provided separately by Behrend. The two copies were not identical.

Additionally, Miller found checks forged with his signature authorizing funds to be withdraw from SAEC’s bank account to pay a business named “Floors Unlimited”. A copy of financial records for SAEC, from First Financial Bank, and Clinton Pelzel DBA “Floors Unlimited,” from Bank of San Angelo, were requested. The bank statements showed that numerous checks over several years had been written out from the bank account of SAEC and then directly deposited to the account of Clinton Pelzel DBA “Floors Unlimited.”

Court documents show that approximately $104,300.00 in checks were written from SAEC’s account and deposited into Pelzel’s bank account between January 2011 until December 2015.

Pelzel was SAEC’s treasurer from 2011 to early 2016.

However, checks were not the only means of theft. Behrend also has receipts of ATM withdrawals made by the  SAEC’s ATM card for items the SAEC would never need or at locations the SAEC never visited, such as California and Arizona.

The ATM withdrawals as well as the forged checks cost the SAEC to lose almost $130,000.00 leaving them with only a few thousand dollars to operate and ultimately forcing them to stop their services.  Behrend says, “we are working on getting our organization going again and getting this behind us,” and is hopeful that the SAEC will be able to provide their emergency medical services once again to the community during events such as the Rodeo.

This morning, Clint Pelzel vigorously denied all charges in the affidavit and said the truth will come out during the trial. "I expect to be completely exonerated of these charges," he said.


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First, it sounds to me like it's time for a detailed, probably forensic, audit to really get to the bottom of this. Next, it also sounds like no regular, scheduled audits were done at least as far back as 2011. If they were, they need to fire their old auditor and get a new one. Moving forward annual audits might be in order. And making sure the treasurer is bonded might also help. I know they are a non-profit on a tight budget but this shows what can happen.

Just goes to show how some people will steal from anyone. Doesn't surprise me at all since I know how he is

Just goes to show how some people will steal from anyone. Doesn't surprise me at all him doing that.

Always wondered how ol clit was financing his new diesel truck and race car and such since he couldnt make a dime at any of his jobs well except emergency corp. Hard to believe this or any organizations getting ripped off dont pay any atttention to checks and balances. Too many thieves out there and dang sure have no conscience. Yeah clit is sure innocent, of doing the right thang.

This explains where money was coming from for clints new diesel truck and racing operations. Its a joke that these organizations and such checks and balances arent catching these theives esrlier in their game. Oh well, its a victimless crime anyway ): Right??

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