The former Village Clerk in Cedar Creek, Nebraska faces a felony.
Mary Terry has been under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff for several weeks after the Village Board reported nearly $80,000 unaccounted for since 2009.
Investigators allege the former clerk overpaid herself. In an interview last month Terry denied any wrongdoing.
Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox tells Fact Finders he’s filed a charge of Theft by Deception Over $1,500 which carries a possible sentence of one to 20 years in prison for a conviction.
The charge covers an alleged misuse of Village funds ranging from 2011 to January 2014 when Terry was fired by the Village Board.
Due to statute of limitations, Cox said he can only charge for those years. That means the amount in question is likely less than the $79,000 that an auditor found unaccounted for from Village General fund.
Informed of the charge by Fact Finders she said she planned to plead not guilty.
She later told us that she was contacted by a deputy 15 minutes after we spoke with her and was told there was an arrest warrant. Terry said she turned herself in, was photographed, fingerprinted and questioned.
In a statement to WOWT 6 News, she wrote, “When I started the job the chairman instructed me on how to do the books and that's what I've done. The annual audit did not show any money missing or any wrongdoing. The auditor would have told me if I was doing something wrong. Every year he inspected the financial records, bank statements, canceled checks, and ledger where I recorded everything I was paid.”