Former Village Clerk Denies Wrong Doing

By: mike.mcknight@wowt.com Email
By: mike.mcknight@wowt.com Email

Shock in a small town after a large amount of money comes up missing. No charges have been filed or suspect named. But the investigation focuses on the actions of a former village clerk in Cedar Creek, Nebraska, about 25 miles southwest of Omaha.

Mary Terry former Cedar Creek Village clerk says, " I think it’s ridiculous. There’s no way I could have stolen 79-thousand dollars."
But an audit found 79-thousand dollars from Cedar Creek's general fund misappropriated. Records show money added to the clerk's pay checks over four years that the village board didn't know about or approve.

Mary Terry says, "It just has to be some kind of mathematical mistake." Mary says that twice Cass county deputies interviewed her. " I don't want to be arrested but I don't know what they're going to do."

Mary has been a Cedar Creek resident since 1975 and though she's not been named in the investigation neighbors know where its pointed. Mike McKnight asks her, "What would you want to tell the people of Cedar Creek that trusted you?" Mary says, " I didn't do it."

Battling cancer Mary missed a lot of work but the village board chairman says the payroll math didn't add up and that's why she lost the job as village clerk. Tearfully.Mary Terry says, " After 21 years and then accused of this it’s kind of heartbreaking."

79-thousand dollars misappropriated on her watch. Despite how that looks Mary terry says she's she served her community honestly. But now nervously wonders if the county attorney will see it differently.

The Cass county sheriff says the investigation is expected to be completed by April first. That's when reports will be sent to the county attorney who will decide if charges should be filed.


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