Former Marquette Mutineers hockey official accepts plea deal

MARQUETTE — After being accused of embezzlement and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent, Brice Burge, the former general manager of the nonprofit hockey organization the Marquette Mutineers, recently struck a deal with prosecutors for a lesser charge.

Burge pleaded no contest Monday in Marquette County District Court to a charge of fraudulent use of a financial transaction device to withdraw or transfer funds.

According to a press release issued by the Marquette Police Department, Burge, 29, was arrested April 1 on a two-count felony warrant for embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization and for stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent.

At the plea hearing Monday, Burge’s embezzlement charge was dropped and the initial charge of stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent was lowered to the lesser charge.

Police previously said Burge admitted to spending slightly more than $3,000 of unauthorized expenses using the team’s debit card, although the hockey team’s board members said that sum was more than $5,000.

Burge is scheduled for sentencing at 2:50 p.m. Feb. 8.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.

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