A jury trial was requested Tuesday in Washington County District Court on charges that former Funkstown Moose Lodge Administrator David Brandenburg embezzled more than $36,000 from the club over five months, court documents state.
Brandenburg, 52, of 13822 North Valley Drive in Hagerstown, was scheduled to have a trial before a District Court judge Tuesday, but he requested the case be sent to Circuit Court for a jury trial, Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said.
Brandenburg is charged with two counts each of felony theft, felony theft scheme and embezzlement in connection with $36,000 in missing membership dues from Funkstown Moose Lodge, according to charging documents
The money was taken between April 2002 and September 2002 when Brandenburg was administrator, police allege in court documents.
The Sheriff's Department alleges in charging documents that Brandenburg took membership dues - $40 for existing members and $60 for new members - from several applicants and issued them fake "temporary" membership cards, saying they would receive their "official" membership cards from Moose International shortly afterward, but those cards never came.