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Former Mid-Central director to change plea Friday

Former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke has a change of plea hearing scheduled, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Thursday afternoon.

Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke, left, and cooperative board Chairwoman Pam Haukaas, right, attend a regular meeting of the organization's governing board. (Evan Hendershot/Republic)
Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke, left, and cooperative board Chairwoman Pam Haukaas, right, attend a regular meeting of the organization's governing board. (Evan Hendershot/Republic)

Former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke has a change of plea hearing scheduled, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Thursday afternoon.

Guericke, who was charged with altering and backdating Mid-Central contracts, will have a hearing at 10 a.m. Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse in Armour. He originally pleaded not guilty in April 2016.

The case arose when Jackley announced Scott and Nicole Westerhuis, employees at Mid-Central Education Cooperative, were believed to have participated in a conspiracy to steal more than $1 million in funding while working for the education cooperative. Prior to the announcement, Scott Westerhuis is believed to have killed his wife and four children before setting their rural Platte home ablaze in 2015.

Guericke faces two felony counts of falsification of evidence and four felony counts of conspiracy to offer forged or fraudulent evidence.

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