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Arispe mayor charged after misusing agency credit card

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 10:53 a.m. CDT

ARISPE — The mayor of Arispe was charged Tuesday with two serious misdemeanors — including fourth-degree theft and misconduct of office.

According to court documents, Michael Fry — elected mayor of Arispe in 2011 — allegedly compromised a credit card from Southern Prairie Solid Waste located five miles east of Creston.

Fry, 41, allegedly used the credit card to purchase gasoline for his personal vehicle four times in September and twice in October. The total improper charges to the agency account is estimated at $330.

Fry — chairman of the Southern Prairie Waste Agency Board — was not authorized to use the agency credit card to make purchases of gasoline for his personal vehicle. A warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this week. Fry turned himself in at Clarke County. He was later released on bond.

Fry’s term as mayor of Arispe expires in 2015.

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