Trial set for former sports club treasurer

A trial date has been set for the former treasurer of the Mohave Sportsman Club, who is accused of embezzling money from the club.

On Thursday, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss set Jan 6 for the beginning of Walter Lloyd Tester's trial.

Tester is charged with theft, forgery and fraudulent schemes and artifices, all felonies.

Tester's wife and co-defendant, Joan Darlene Tester, who served as the club's president, died this past weekend.

Tester, who suffered from cancer, also faced felony charges of theft and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

As with the couple's other court hearings, about a dozen members of the club were in Weiss's courtroom Thursday.

Tester is not being held in custody.

Weiss also set a status hearing for Nov.

1 possibly in case a plea offer has been accepted.

Defendants usually have until their jury trial management hearings, normally two weeks before their trials, to accept plea offers.

Tester's jury trial management hearing was set for Dec.

20.

The Testers, who held their posts for about two and a half years, were accused of stealing approximately $29,000 from the club between May 1999 and March 26, court records show.

According to the court records, Walter Tester has been accused of providing falsified treasury reports to the club.

The Testers resigned from their positions in April just days after a criminal complaint was filed against them in Kingman Justice Court.

If convicted, Tester could receive prison terms of three to 12 1/2 years each for the theft and fraud charges.

The forgery charge could net him another 1 to 3 3/4 years in prison.

The Mohave Sportsman Club reportedly has more than 800 members and is based at the Seven Mile Range, a 722-acre gun range on Oatman Road used by law enforcement officers as well as the public.

The club, which has been in existence since 1936, is made up of hunters, anglers and sport enthusiasts.