Monday, October 12, 2015
Rezabek Pleads Innocent To Stealing Thousands
Nebraska Watchdog reports that former Saline County assistant clerk of court Jodi Rezabek has pleaded innocent to stealing thousands of dollars from the court in May, even though she confessed to stealing $15,500, according to a state audit.
State Auditor Charlie Janssen’s office found thousands of dollars missing during a Saline County audit. The missing money was noticed during a routine audit by State Auditor Charlie Janssen’s office.
Two auditors and an investigator from the attorney general’s office questioned Assistant County Court Clerk Jodi Rezabek in August about a suspected fraudulent check written for $15,500. She confessed to taking the money to pay off a contractor who did work at her home, according to the audit.
Rezabek admitted to altering bank statements and using the signature stamp of Clerk Magistrate Joshua McDougall to sign the check. Auditors also discovered Rezabek drew a $62,529 cashier’s check from a court investment account in May, and then deposited it back into the account in June.
“The court could not explain — as well as lacked any supporting documentation — why such a transaction had occurred,” the audit said.
Auditors also found the court was short $1,119 in cash as of Aug. 30, for a total of $16,634 missing.
Rezabek has entered a plea of not guilty.
The felony theft charge alone is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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