The former treasurer of a Fraternal Order of Police Lodge has been indicted on wire fraud charges for embezzling more than $110,000 from the non-profit organization, according to a filing with the Department of Justice.
From 2005 to 2016, Timothy James Brewer, of Newton, worked for the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 26, in Newton, and was elected to serve as treasurer.
Throughout his employment, Brewer, 65, allegedly engaged in a scheme to defraud the lodge by illegally diverting the organization’s funds for his personal use.
According to the indictment, Brewer obtained approximately $110,234.64 from the lodge and converted the funds to his personal account without authority. Brewer acted as the sole recipient, with all bank and credit card statements billed directly to his home.
Brewer allegedly misused a lodge credit card, of which he was an authorized user, for personal use, and converted approximately $61,875.03 for his personal gain.
Brewer also used a lodge bank account to pay the balance on a personal credit card, converting $48,259.61 to cover personal expenses.
According to the indictment, Brewer used the stolen money to also pay for restaurants, hotels and medical bills.
Brewer has been released on bail. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.