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Craig, Nebraska, village clerk is dismissed amid suspicions about theft

Craig, Nebraska, village clerk is dismissed amid suspicions about theft

LINCOLN — The longtime village clerk of Craig, Nebraska, has been dismissed amid allegations that she embezzled village funds.

The Village Board in Craig, a farm town of 200 residents about 45 miles north of Omaha, removed Kristie Jensen from her job as clerk/treasurer at a meeting on Thursday, according to Matt Munderloh, who serves as the village attorney. The action, Munderloh said, was based on preliminary findings of a state audit.

The extent of the allegations, the attorney said, is not yet known, and an official with the State Auditor’s Office said the agency could not comment about an ongoing audit.

Burt County Attorney Frank Barron said his office was expecting to get information about the audit on Tuesday. No charges have been filed yet, he said.

Jensen has served as clerk/treasurer for at least 15 years, Munderloh said. The audit, he said, was prompted by a tip to the Auditor’s Office.

Calls made to a phone listing for Jensen on Tuesday afternoon were not answered.

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