A former Jefferson County Commissioner who was charged with two theft counts this week was free on bond Wednesday after his initial court appearance, a jail official said.
Don Edmonds, of McLouth, who resigned as commissioner in January, posted $5,000 bond, sheriff’s officials said.
County attorney Caleb Stegall filed charges of theft in excess of $100,000 and attempted theft in excess of $100,000 against Edmonds.
Earlier this year, sheriff’s officials began investigating a reported theft at a McLouth BP station that Edmonds had owned and managed at the time for Haag Oil of Topeka. But Stegall on Tuesday said the victim in the case was King’s Construction Co. of Oskaloosa, not Haag Oil. Authorities have not provided additional details in the case.
Jennifer Best, an office manager for the construction company, said Wednesday the charges have to do with fuel. Sheriff Jeff Herrig has said allegations stem from theft by deception.