Man Charged With Stealing Funds From Storm Lake Firefighters Association Pleads Guilty

A former secretary/treasurer of the Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters Association has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the organization.

29-year-old Jesus Rojo pleaded guilty on Monday to 2nd Degree Theft, a class D felony. According to the plea agreement, a second felony count of theft will be dropped. If the judge adopts the agreement, Rojo will serve two years of probation and pay a civil penalty of a little more than a thousand dollars. Rojo will be able to withdraw the guilty plea if it’s determined he isn’t eligible for deferred judgment. According to online court records, a final hearing date hasn’t been set. Rojo’s trial was scheduled for next Tuesday, May 14th.

According to a criminal complaint, Rojo took possession of approximately $7,769 in Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters Association funds for his own personal use from January to July of last year. The Storm Lake Police Department was notified of discrepancies in financial records on September 14th of last year, and Rojo was taken into custody without incident that day.