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Status conference bumped in embezzlement
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DARLINGTON - A status conference scheduled to take place Friday in the case of a deceased treasurer accused of embezzling funds from the Gratiot Fire District has been postponed to Sept. 12. The late Robert Lee Hermanson, former treasurer of the fire district in Lafayette County, died of an apparent suicide April 9, the day after he was asked about the lack of money in the fire district fund. Gratiot Village attorney Duane Jorgenson said municipal officials found unexplained expenses pulled from the fire district's checking account.