PLATTE, S.D. — An auction of the estate of a Platte man who authorities say killed himself and five family members after embezzling more than $1 million will include personal watercraft machines, trucks, tools and building supplies.

The estate of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis is to be auctioned Sept. 16. A judge last month ruled that the family’s remaining property could be sold to pay off creditors.

The Daily Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2bU1z2A ) that other items being auctioned include ATVs, a hot tub, sauna and pool equipment.

Scott Westerhuis last year shot his wife and their four children, then set fire to their home and killed himself. Westerhuis allegedly took more than $1 million from the Gear Up program, which provides higher-education assistance to low-income students, while working at the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative in Platte.

Former GEAR UP Administrator Stacy Phelps, former Mid-Central Director Dan Guericke and former Mid-Central Business Manager Stephanie Hubers appeared have all pleaded not guilty for their alleged involvement in the embezzlement scheme.

Phelps and Guericke have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of falsification of evidence and conspiracy to offer fraudulent evidence, while Hubers pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of grant theft.

The three defendants are set to appear in court next June.


Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com