Jan 09, 2020 12:10 PM

Ex-Pilger town clerk praised for tornado work is accused of theft

Posted Jan 09, 2020 12:10 PM

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - A former village clerk who was praised for her work in helping rebuild her northeast Nebraska community following a 2014 tornado strike has been accused of theft.

Kimberly Neiman, 57, was arrested Wednesday at her home in Pilger on a warrant that included seven felony counts of theft and three of abuse of public records. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.

She'd been fired by the village board in February 2019, following a state audit that found more than $562,000 in questionable transactions and more than $156,000 in suspicious charges on the village's credit card.

Authorities didn't say exactly what the money may have been spent on, but several of the payments went to entities at mailing addresses in the U.S. and Canada that the auditor described as "questionable business locations." They included a vape store, UPS locations, mailrooms and apartment buildings.

After being asked about the questionable payments, Neiman filed a consumer complaint with the state attorney general's office, stating that she was being billed for things she didn't order. The auditor's report, however, said that was "difficult to believe."

Most of the transactions and payments were not submitted for board approval, the audit report said, which "gives rise to concerns regarding possible official misconduct and/or abuse of public records."

The tornado on June 16, 2014, destroyed or damaged more than half of the Stanton County community, which had about 350 residents. A 5-year-old girl was killed.

In recognition of her service to Pilger, the following year Neiman was named Outstanding Public Administrator of the Year by the Nebraska chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.

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U.S. Army warns of draft-by-text hoax

U.S. Army Recruiting Command

FORT KNOX, Ky. — A number of fraudulent text messages informing individuals they have been selected for a military draft have circulated throughout the country this week.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command has received multiple calls and emails about these fake text messages and wants to ensure Americans understand these texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army.

The decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, is the organization that manages registration for the Selective Service.

 "The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” according to the Selective Service System’s official Facebook page.  “In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft."

The draft has not been in effect since 1973. The military has been an all-volunteer force since that time. Registering for the Selective Service does not enlist a person into the military.