CENTER — A former Verdigre village clerk who was honored for her work is scheduled to appear in court this month on three felony charges.
Alisha Bartling, who was named the 2011 Outstanding Clerk of the Year by the Nebraska Municipal Clerks Association, is scheduled to appear Thursday in Knox County court on three theft by deception charges.
The charges are each Class 3 felonies. According to online court records, the offenses relate to three loans she handled from the village’s housing rehabilitation program in 2010 and 2011. Each loan involved more than $1,500.
Bartling, 36, initially appeared in May with her attorney, Clarence Mock of Oakland, before Judge Michael Long.
Knox County District Judge James Kube approved a request in February that Thomas Herzog, Holt County attorney, be appointed a special prosecutor in the matter. The request was made by John Thomas, Knox County attorney.
Mike Foley, state auditor, was contacted last October by James Meuret of Brunswick, an attorney hired by the Village of Verdigre, who asked for assistance in reviewing possible irregularities in the housing program.
In January, an audit of the Village of Verdigre included several recommendations for the village to implement to ensure adequate oversight of municipal operations.
Bartling’s husband, Tim, also serves on the Verdigre Village Board. He was elected in 2012.
Alisha Bartling 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.