Former Alvo city clerk Ginger R. Neuhart pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling thousands of dollars from the village treasury, according to Cass County District Court records.
Neuhart, 60, of Waverly, pleaded guilty to theft by deception of more than $5,000. She will be sentenced May 29.
In exchange for her plea, Cass County Attorney Colin Palm agreed to remain silent during sentencing. Neuhart, who was accused of taking $105,000 from Alvo, paid $15,000 in restitution to the village on Monday and agreed to pay another $24,000 later, the record says.
Under Nebraska’s statute of limitations, prosecutors could only charge Neuhart for embezzling committed over the past 36 months. Palm said she embezzled $39,000 from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 8, 2017.
She is also charged with theft and forgery from her time as clerk/treasurer for Memphis and Ithaca in Saunders County. A hearing in Saunders County District Court is set for April 9.
Neuhart is accused of taking a total of $201,500 from Memphis and Ithaca. In September, Neuhart told authorities that she had been altering her paychecks for years because she thought her services were worth more.
Neuhart served as clerk/treasurer for all three villages. The auditor’s review for Memphis found $160,500 in fraudulent payments to Neuhart since 2005. The review for Ithaca showed that the village overpaid Neuhart $41,000 since May 2013.
Auditors said Neuhart wrote out checks for the villages’ business, including her own payroll check. She’d write out her monthly salary — $500 in Memphis, $700 in Alvo, $800 in Ithaca — placing the spelled-out amount toward the right side of the line, leaving empty space to the left. Then, after the Village Board chairperson had signed the checks, she’d squeeze in a “one thousand” or “two thousand” in front of the amount, according to the state auditor’s investigation.