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La Vernia business owners seek answers

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Wilson County News
April 22, 2013, 9:36pm
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LA VERNIA -- Members of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce have more questions than answers following news that the treasurer of their board is under investigation for allegations related to the misapplication of funds. The board held an informal emergency meeting April 22 to figure out what to do next.

Chamber Vice President Elaine Mazurek Stephens led the meeting, which she said was not an official gathering of the board because the organization's bylaws require a minimum of 72 hours notice prior to a meeting.

The chamber's former treasurer, Patsy Ritchey, who up until April 18 was an agent with Farmers Insurance, is currently under investigation by the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Stephens said earlier. While the vice president could not comment about the ongoing investigation, she said that it centered around the alleged misapplication of funds. This prompted the chamber to check its own books.

"It does appear that there is money missing from our bank account," Stephens told those in attendance. "It does appear to be more than $20,000."

Meanwhile, Farmers Insurance spokesman Mark Toohey told the Wilson County News that the company terminated its relationship with Ritchey April 18. Her former clients are advised to call Farmers' district office at 210-338-6884 for further information.

For more, read this week's print edition of the Wilson County News and our sister publication, the La Vernia News.

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Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
April 26, 2013 7:12am
Plenty of isolated land in Wilson County! That fish grinder at Calaveras Lake cleaning station looks like it'd be handy for other uses too! Maybe a Lynch Mob is needed to set an example...isn't there a tree in LV needing ... More ›

Facts only please  
April 25, 2013 11:19pm
PO: check out KSAT 12 news on this. If true there are hundreds of people with issues.

P O  
April 25, 2013 8:43pm
Not sure where Kens 5 is getting their info either... Oh, that's right, if its on the local news it has to be true. Be that as it may, the over 20 thousand refers to the charge. Anything over 20 thousand is the same... Wait, ... More ›

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
April 24, 2013 9:24am
The Greater LV Chamber advised it suspected more than $20,000 and possibly up to $60,000 that could not be properly accounted for. Please follow this story in print editions of the Wilson County News and the La Vernia News. We ... More ›

Facts only please  
April 23, 2013 1:39pm
KENS 5 reported up to 60K missing. Not sure where Stephens is getting her info. Checkout KENS 5 at:

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