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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 8:19 am

CENTER — A former Verdigre village clerk who was fined $6,000 last week by the Nebraska Accountability & Disclosure Commission had criminal charges against her dismissed.

Alisha Bartling, who was found guilty of four violations of use of public office for personal financial gain or that of a family member and one violation of use of public resources other than allowed by law by the commission, had also faced three theft by deception charges.

She had been scheduled to appear in Knox County Court on the three charges on Sept. 26.

Thomas Herzog, the Holt County attorney who had been named a special prosecutor, dropped the charges, according to online court records. The dismissal was filed Wednesday.

The offenses related to loans she handled from the village’s housing rehabilitation program in 2010 and 2011.

As part of a civil matter, she was fined $6,000 last Friday by the Nebraska Accountability & Disclosure Commission.

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