The Waverly, Nebraska, woman accused of altering her paychecks while serving as the clerk/treasurer for three Nebraska villages has died.
Ginger Neuhart, 60, had pleaded guilty to theft by deception in Cass County on Monday and was awaiting sentencing in May. She was accused of taking $105,000 from Alvo, Nebraska, but had paid $15,000 in restitution on Monday and agreed to pay another $24,000 later, according to court records.
She also was charged with four counts of forgery and two counts of theft in Saunders County, where she was accused of stealing $201,500 from the villages of Memphis and Ithaca. A hearing in that case was scheduled for April 9.
An obituary on the Kroll Funeral Home website said Neuhart died Tuesday at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings, Nebraska.
Owner Bill Kroll said Friday that Neuhart died of natural causes, referring to information on the death certificate.
Authorities said Neuhart wrote checks for the villages’ business, including her own paycheck. She would write down her monthly salary — $500 in Memphis, $700 in Alvo, $800 in Ithaca — and after a village official signed the checks, she would add $1,000 or $2,000 to the amount.
Neuhart also had served as the clerk/treasurer for the City of Waverly.
She is survived by her husband, son, two daughters and several grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kroll Funeral Home Chapel in Hebron, Nebraska.