- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RIVERTON, Neb. (AP) - A former village clerk in south-central Nebraska has taken a plea deal in her theft case.

Online court records say 31-year-old Kelly Jackson pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor theft. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from a felony in exchange for her plea. Jackson’s sentencing is set for Feb. 13.

Court documents say an audit by the Nebraska state auditor’s office alleges that Jackson paid herself $15,830 more than her monthly approved income of $400.

Several former and current board members told investigators that a village official signed blank checks so Jackson could pay city bills. Officials say that Jackson instead wrote checks to herself.

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