Gear Up

Stacy Phelps Finishes Testimony

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Wednesday was a long day with plenty of questions for Stacy Phelps. The “Gear Up” defendant is facing charges for allegedly falsifying evidence by backdating contracts. His defense lawyer says Phelps was duped by Scott Westerhuis, who embezzled more than a million dollars before killing his family and himself in 2015. Phelps finishing testifying around 5…

Gear Up Defendant Takes The Stand

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –   The prosecution rested on Tuesday in the Stacy Phelps trial. The former CEO of AIII is accused of falsifying evidence by backdating contracts. An auditor testified that auditors form opinions based on evidence. “I’m not aware of a good reason to backdate a contract,” said the auditor when he took the stand. On the other side,…

Phelps’ Trial Day Two: Jury Hears Part Of 2015 Recorded Interview

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Trial continued on Friday for the final defendant in the “Gear Up” scandal. Stacy Phelps, the former CEO of AIII, is charged with falsifying evidence for allegedly backdating contracts. His defense lawyer says Phelps was duped by Scott Westerhuis, who embezzled more than a million dollars before killing his family and himself in 2015. Authorities say they…

Stacy Phelps’ Trial Begins

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  July 31, 2015. “That’s the date the dominos start falling,” said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. However, Stacy Phelps’ defense attorney says a different date – which seemed insignificant at the time- changed his client’s life forever. April 11, 2014. That’s the date Phelps wrote on a contract. However, this is where the prosecution and…

Stacy Phelps Jury Selection Underway

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Jury selection is underway for Stacy Phelps. The former CEO of the educational nonprofit AIII is facing charges for his alleged role in the “Gear Up” scandal. Police say they uncovered an embezzlement scheme after investigating a 2015 multiple-murder suicide case in Platte. Wednesday’s jury selection was pretty straightforward. Both the assistant attorney general and defense…

Dan Guericke Pleads Guilty to Falsification of Evidence In Gear Up Scandal

ARMOUR, S.D. – The State of South Dakota and Dan Guericke have reached a plea deal. Guericke pled guilty to falsification of evidence, a class six felony for his role in the “Gear Up” scandal. Police uncovered the embezzlement scheme after a Platte man, Scott Westerhuis, killed his family, then himself, three years ago. KDLT’s Allison Royal was in the…

Hubers Takes The Stand In Her Own Defense

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Stephanie Hubers took the stand her in own defense on Thursday. Hubers is the former Assistant Business Manager of Mid Central Educational Cooperative in Platte. She’s facing several theft charges connected to the “Gear Up” embezzlement scandal orchestrated by Scott and Nicole Westerhuis before they died in a murder-suicide. On Thursday, the jury learned how Hubers…

Judge Grants Two Motions In “Gear Up” Case

SOUTH DAKOTA – A judge presiding over the upcoming gear up trials has granted two motions in the case. This afternoon, first circuit court judge Bruce Anderson approved motions made by the lawyer representing Stacy Phelps. Phelps, a former gear up consultant is indicted in the embezzlement case, along with former Platte Mid-Central Educational Cooperative employees Stephanie Hubers and Dan…