- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An accountant has been accused of embezzling more than $310,000 while on the job in Lincoln.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/2qswc4g ) that Sarah Batenhorst is charged with stealing from the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, where she’d worked for more than 10 years. A federal court hearing for her is scheduled for Thursday. Her attorney, Robert Creager, said she’d be pleading not guilty. He declined to comment further.

Court documents say that between March 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2016, she defrauded the association by several means, including adjusting account ledgers to raise her salary for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The association is a nonprofit organization for utilities providing electric service in rural areas and small towns in the state.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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