CENTER — A former Verdigre village clerk has been fined $6,000 for five violations by the Nebraska Accountability & Disclosure Commission.
Alisha Bartling 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, according to action taken last Friday by the Nebraska Accountability & Disclosure Commission.
Commissioners approved the $6,000 settlement by an 8-0 vote, according to a synopsis prepared by Frank Daley, executive director of the commission.
Bartling, who was named the 2011 Outstanding Clerk of the Year by the Nebraska Municipal Clerks Association, received a housing loan and made a loan to her husband’s business and failed to keep accurate records of the loan, or enforced making timely payments of the loan, according to the synopsis.
The agreement on the civil fine was reached by Bartling, her attorney Clarence Mock of Oakland, and Daley last week, according to commission documents.
The loans included a $15,980 loan to her and her husband, a $12,000 loan to her husband’s business and a loan to her brother-in-law that was $2,386 in excess of the authorized amount, according to documents. The loans took place from 2010 to 2012.
Daley said the agreement only resolves the civil case and does not address any possible criminal charges. Whether criminal charges would still be filed will be up to Thomas Herzog, the Holt County attorney who was named a special prosecutor in the case.
Herzog said Monday afternoon he would not talk to a reporter.
According to online court records, Bartling is scheduled to appear in Knox County Court on Sept. 26 on three theft by deception charges.
The charges are each Class III felonies. According to online court records, the offenses relate to loans she handled from the village’s housing rehabilitation program in 2010 and 2011.
Bartling’s husband, Tim, serves on the Verdigre village board. He was elected in 2012.
She served as the village clerk from about July 2003 through August 2011. After August 2011, she performed some part-time duties for the village and received her final part-time paycheck in April 2012.