A Flurry of Fraud
City clerks have recently stolen money from 17 Nebraska towns
June 23, 2022
Flatwater Free Press
Mary Terry, the longtime village clerk in Cedar Creek, shook her head no whenever Steve Sharp told her she deserved a raise.
"Her answer was always the same. It was always, 'You can't afford to give me a raise,'" said Sharp, elected chairperson of the village board in 2010.
What Sharp didn't know: Terry, the clerk and treasurer, was giving herself unauthorized raises. She padded her paycheck with more than $75,000 in stolen village funds over six years while overseeing the tiny eastern Nebraska town's finances, records and utilities.
"She was on the boa...