SIOUX FALLS | Recently filed civil court documents reveal a dead South Dakota couple who had financial oversight over a nonprofit aimed at helping Native American students allegedly took money from the organization to save for their own children's educations.
The new litigation is offering more details about Scott and Nicole Westerhuis' spending before their deaths in a September murder-suicide. The civil filings are the latest twist in the GEAR UP scandal.
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Authorities say the couple used the nonprofit American Indian Institute for Innovation, where they had fiscal oversight, to embezzle money from their employer, Mid-Central Educational Cooperative.
The civil filings say there were "inappropriate" purchases using a debit card linked to the Institute's checking account, as well as through Paypal, Amazon and payments into an education savings plan for the Westerhuis' children.