PLATTSMOUTH – A former Alvo city clerk who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from the village was arraigned in district court Monday morning.
Waverly resident Ginger R. Neuhart, 60, appeared in Cass County District Court for an initial hearing. Neuhart was charged with one Class IIA felony count of theft by deception-more than $5,000.
Judge Michael Smith asked Neuhart how she wished to respond to the charge during the arraignment hearing. Defense attorney Craig Wittstruck told the court his client wished to stand mute. Smith then entered a not guilty plea on Neuhart’s behalf.
Neuhart remains free on a bond of $5,000, 10 percent. She will be required to appear at a pre-trial conference hearing on Jan. 22. The court set a trial date of Feb. 7.
Nebraska State Patrol investigators said Neuhart had allegedly taken $39,000 from the village of Alvo over the past 36 months. They said she had altered her payroll checks during that time. Prosecutors could only charge her with alleged theft over the past three years due to statute of limitations requirements.
The Nebraska Auditor’s Office issued a report on Neuhart’s alleged behavior in late October. The report accused her of embezzling $105,000 from Alvo over a seven-year period. The report also said Neuhart took more than $160,000 from the village of Memphis since 2005. Officials are also examining financial information from the village of Ithaca during that time.
Neuhart had been serving as city clerk at Alvo, Memphis and Ithaca before the embezzling allegations. Waverly officials fired Neuhart from her city clerk position with the town after they learned about her arrest in Cass County.