Former store manager has been arraigned on two felony charges.
Bond for 55-year-old Michael P. Flaherty, formerly of Plattsmouth, now of Sarpy County, was set at $100,000 (10% applicable).
The Cassgram reports Flaherty is charged with Theft By Deception, over $1500, a Class III Felony, and with Sales Tax Collection Violation, a Class IV Felony.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit filed by Special Agent Brock Farris, the investigation by the Plattsmouth Police Department that eventually involved the United States Secret Service began when the owners of Lucky’s convenience store and car wash in Plattsmouth were alerted by their accountant in late 2011 about irregular store deposits. Farris said the investigation turned up evidence that Flaherty regularly “manipulated the daily sales reports.” It is alleged that $264,000 was stolen from July of 2007 through October of 2011, said the report.
Last month, the owners of Lucky’s filed a civil suit against Flaherty for that same amount.
A preliminary hearing in Cass County Court was set for May 24th.