Columbus Man Pleads Not Guilty on Widespread Fraud Charges

COLUMBUS, Neb. – A Columbus man accused of fraud charges totaling tens of thousands of dollars pleaded not guilty in Platte County District court.

53-year-old Karl Dierman, who has already been barred from being a broker in the United States, is charged with 12 counts of felony-forgery ranging from January, 2011 to May, 2012.

Dierman now will be back in court in late May, unless a plea agreement with prosecutors is reached.

Dierman served as a financial broker at Mass Mutual Investor Services in Columbus from 2010 until he was forced to resign in March of 2014, according to FINRA, a financial regulation company.

Dierman was barred from serving as a broker in late 2014.

FINRA documents also show that Dierman settled three customer complaints, totaling $63,800. The complaints accuse Dierman of forging documents, taking unauthorized loans from life insurance policies and borrowing money from customers without returning it.

According to his LinkedIn page, Dierman served as the Columbus Scotus Head Golf Coach from 2009 to 2017 and was an adjunct professor at Midland for an 11 month span in 2016.

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