- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A western Nebraska woman is accused of stealing and spending the tax refund of her slain sister no longer faces theft charges.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1EB9N3n ) that prosecutor Scott Blaha sought the dismissal on April 16, determining that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict 27-year-old Cassandra Baker, of Scottsbluff.

Baker’s sister, 24-year-old Amanda Baker, was fatally attacked by an inmate on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Scotts Bluff County Jail.

Court documents show Amanda Baker filed her 2013 returns before her death and that her federal refund of nearly $4,300 was deposited onto a prepaid credit card.

Court documents in a probate case say that Cassandra Baker said she’d used the money to care for Baker’s son for a time after his mother’s death.


Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com

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