| October 9, 2009

The former treasurer of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball has pleaded no contest to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the church.

48-year old Nancy Novotny of Bushnell had been charged in June with Class-3 felony theft, but the plea bargain reduced the count to a Class-4 felony. She will be sentenced December 15th in Kimball County District Court.

As part of the agreement, special prosecutor Paul Schaub agreed to recommend probation and not seek any additional criminal charges related to any thefts from the church or related organization. Novotny in turn agreed to pay a little over $21,000 restitutuion.

Trinity UMC pastor Roger Gillming contacted the Nebraska State Patrol in April, telling investigators that Novotny had confessed to a church committee that she’d been taking money from church accounts since June 2006.

Pastor Gillming said Novotny explained she’d been having "some hardships" but had repaid most of the money. Investigators determined she’d actually stolen much more than she’d indicated…with the reaching nearly $33,000.

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