Former Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt entered a not guilty plea this afternoon to 17 criminal charges in connection with financial inconsistencies discovered by city staff.
Wyatt’s lawyer, Howard Collins, entered the plea on his client’s behalf shortly after 1 p.m. before Polk County Circuit Judge William Horner.
The Dallas Police Department launched an investigation into Wyatt in early July after inconsistencies were found by the city’s financial department staff. Wyatt resigned July 2 following closed-door meetings with the city council.
Wyatt surrendered to police Thursday and was being held in the Polk County jail. Bail was set at $200,000 and remained at that amount after Friday’s brief hearing. Wyatt’s family members, who were in the courtroom, appeared to be trying to post bail.
A Polk County grand jury indicted Wyatt Wednesday on seven felony and 10 misdemeanor charges. They are two counts of first-degree aggravated theft, five counts of computer crime, and five counts each of official misconduct and falsifying business records, which are misdemeanors.
A pretrial hearing was set for 11 a.m. Aug. 16, and a trial was set for Sept. 19.
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