El Paso Humane Society head enters plea in Ohio courtroom

El Paso News
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The executive director of the Humane Society of El Paso was taken into custody in Ohio on Monday amid charges that include felony theft.

Jeffrey Luke Westerman, a former Wall Street investor-turned-venture capitalist, appeared in a Columbus courtroom where he pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of unlawful securities practices and three counts of theft, according to Franklin County records.

Jail records indicate Westerman, 37, was taken into custody after his arraignment. He was released after a judge set a $50,000 bond and $20,000 personal recognizance bond. 

A warrant was issued for Westerman’s arrest following a criminal indictment on December 27. You can read the specific allegations against him here. 

Westerman moved to El Paso to take over as the head of the Humane Society in late 2017.

Last week, the society’s board of directors issued a statement saying Westerman had been given time off to deal with his legal troubles. 

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