CUSTER COUNTY– An Ansley man facing two felony charges failed to appear for his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, April 7 which prompted the issuing of a bench warrant.
Derrick Gonzalez, 36 of Ansley, was scheduled to appear in Custer County Court for a preliminary hearing on alleged charges of Violation of Nebraska Certificate Title Act (Class IV Felony) and Willful Evasion of Sales Tax (Class IV Felony).
Due to Gonzalez failing to appear for the hearing, special prosecutor Marty Klein asked Judge Joel Jay for a bench warrant at 10% of $10,000, which was granted.
According to the arrest affidavit, Gonzalez is accused of what is known as ‘title jumping.’ The affidavit states that Gonzalez purchased a motorcycle, failed to sign the title, did not pay the sales tax on the motorcycle, and then sold the motorcycle to another individual. The affidavit states Gonzalez was informed multiple times that he would need to pay the sales tax, but he failed to do so.
Gonzalez could face up to two years in prison and be fined $10,000 for each charge.