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County treasurer pleads not guilty to forgery, other charges

County treasurer pleads not guilty to forgery, other charges

The Dawes County treasurer has pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor forgery and six counts of official misconduct.

Barb Sebesta’s pleas were made Tuesday. Nebraska Rural Radio Network affiliate KCSR reports that Sebesta’s attorney told a judge that plea negotiations were underway.

A state audit alleges Sebesta altered a check written by a taxpayer, changing it from $85.20 to $851.20, but not altering a total balance on a deposit. Sebesta says she was trying to clarify the proper amount for the bank.

She’s also accused of twice failing to collect sales tax and of failing to
maintain trust balances in a timely fashion. Auditors also say Sebesta deposited bond forfeitures into the county’s general fund rather than distributing them to the schools as required by law.

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