GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A former Hall County sheriff's deputy fired for accepting his county salary when he failed to attend weekend military training has pleaded not guilty in Hall County District Court.
Kevin Bombeck, 35, of Wood River is scheduled for a pretrial hearing May 22 on the charge of theft by deception.
He was fired on Jan. 17 after being placed on administrative leave.
According to the charge, the theft of Hall County's property occurred between March 9 and Oct 1, 2012.
Hall County sheriff's Capt. Jim Castleberry testified at Bombeck's preliminary hearing in Hall County Court in March.
During an investigation, Castleberry discovered Bombeck had submitted paycheck data for weekend training at times when his commanding officer said he failed to show up as scheduled. He received approximately $1,282 in salary for those weekends.
Bombeck was confronted and admitted he hadn't attended training due to “personal reasons that he was too embarrassed to tell anyone” about, Castleberry said.
Bombeck's attorney, John Marsh of Kearney, argued there wasn't enough evidence to show criminal intent. He said there was enough evidence to show a breach of contract and misconduct, which are civil matters.
— World-Herald News Service