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Ex-Nebraska county treasurer sentenced in misconduct case

 (MGN)

A former county treasurer in northwest Nebraska has been fined $900 and given a year of probation for official misconduct.

Dawes County Court records say 65-year-old Barb Sebesta also was ordered at her sentencing Friday to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $546 restitution to the city of Chadron.

The records say Sebesta pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts after prosecutors dropped three more misconduct counts and one of forgery. A state audit had alleged Sebesta altered a check written by a taxpayer. Sebesta has said she was trying to clarify the proper amount for a bank. She also was accused of twice failing to collect sales tax and of failing to maintain trust balances in a timely fashion.

Sebesta resigned her Dawes County post in July.

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