IRON COUNTY—A former Alpha village clerk is free on bond and scheduled for a Nov. 26 Circuit Court pretrial hearing on eight felony charges.
Nicholas John Rickman, 34, of Alpha faces three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering and publishing and one count each of embezzlement by a public official and embezzlement by a public official of tax monies, according to court documents.
Rickman was arrested by Iron County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant issued by Prosecutor Melissa Powell. On Nov. 13, Rickman waived his right to a preliminary hearing in district court and was bound over to 41st Circuit Court, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. He was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bond.
The warrant resulted from a 2½-month investigation. Deputies allege the former clerk embezzled funds from the village between March and August 2012.
Court documents allege Rickman wrote and cashed three checks to himself while Alpha clerk. Those checks totaled $510. Rickman is represented by attorney Geoffrey Lawrence.
Forgery is a felony punishable by up to 14 years in state prison.