Fair Board embezzling case postponed

Attorneys need more time to sort through numbers

ALPENA — Bradley Alan Avery, the former Alpena County Fair board member accused in September of embezzlement, made a court appearance Monday.

Avery is accused of stealing funds from the Alpena Agricultural Society and Future Farmers of America during his tenure as Fair Board treasurer.

He was charged with one count of embezzlement of $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, two counts of embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization, and three counts of using a financial transaction device illegally.

At Monday’s status conference, attorneys on both sides told 26th Circuit Court Judge Michael Mack they need for more time to conduct discovery.

Another status conference will most likely be held in March or early April.

According to Avery’s defense attorney, Dan White, the case involves a great deal of financial detail, the facts of which are still being established.

“We’re going to try to sit down, both sides, and figure out some of the numbers that are flying back and forth,” White said.

White has reserved the right to file a motion for an evidentiary hearing if discussions don’t lead to a resolution of the case.

The total amount Avery has been accused of embezzling is neither fixed nor agreed upon at this time, according to White.

Avery remains free on bond.

Julie Riddle can be reached at 989-358-5693 or jriddle@thealpenanews.com.