Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

August 29, 2013

Arrest made in Dresden Cemetery probe

Nicholson charged with theft from cemetery association accounts

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro County Sheriff’s Department arrested Tim Nicholson, 46, on Friday in connection with the theft of funds from the Dresden Cemetery Association.

Nicholson was booked into the Navarro County Jail Friday on charges of theft over $200,000, said R. Lowell Thompson, Navarro County District Attorney. Bond was set at $250,000 by Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray.

Cemetery Association officials going through financial records discovered funds were missing from the association’s bank accounts, possibly as much as $500,000.

Nicholson is the former treasurer of the Dresden Cemetery Association.

The loss was discovered in June by the new president of the association, Joe E. McClure, who came into his new duties in May.

“I just got all the information, (the former treasurer) just brought it to the house and wouldn’t talk to me,” McClure said in an interview with the Daily Sun earlier this month.

The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the missing funds after association officials alerted them of their preliminary findings.

The alleged fraud took place over a period of about two or three years.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner said the case was unfortunate in light of other similar cases in the county. He praised investigator Seth Fuller for his work in obtaining the arrest warrant for Nicholson.

“The investigation will continue even though there has been an arrest in the cast. We’ll be working with the District Attorney’s office to seek a successful prosecution in this case and trying to recover any of the assets we may be able to recover.”

The Dresden community is one of the oldest communities in Navarro County, and the cemetery is one of the largest. There are about 4,000 people buried in Dresden Cemetery.

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