Trial of former sports club treasurer on track

The January embezzlement trial of the former treasurer of the Mohave Sportsman Club could be delayed.

On Monday, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss reaffirmed Jan.

6 as the starting date of Walter Lloyd Tester's trial but said other higher priority trials could force a postponement.

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

Tester's co-defendant and wife, Joan Darlene Tester, who served as the club's president, died in August.

She had also been charged with felony theft and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

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

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

20.

He is not being held in custody.

No bail has been set.

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, 2002, court records show.

Walter Tester was accused of providing incorrect treasury reports to the club.

The couple resigned from their positions in April just days after a criminal complaint was filed against them in Kingman Justice Court, according to court records.

Tester could receive a prison terms of from 3 to 12 1/2 years for each theft and fraudulent schemes charge.

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

The Mohave Sportsman Club 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.

Members of the club, which has been in existence since 1936, include hunters, anglers and sport enthusiasts.