Buffalo County Board Chairman Richard Pierce and his wife, Janna, have been indicted on one count of bankruptcy fraud.
A statement issued Tuesday by the office of the U.S. Attorney
for Nebraska says the Pierces were indicted Monday and are accused
of failing to disclose to bankruptcy officials and creditors nearly
$159,000 of Janna Pierce's income.
That money was for commissions on grants Janna Pierce had
written in 2004 for Buffalo County while her husband was on the
county board. But she didn't submit a bill to the county until
2010, which the board - including her husband - voted to pay.
Federal officials believe that delay was intended to hide the
income from those owed money by the Pierces, who filed for
bankruptcy in 2003.