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Former Keith County attorney sentenced on theft charge PDF Print E-mail

John B. Edwards, former Keith County attorney, was sentenced Aug. 15 in District Court in Keith County after being convicted of a Class III felony for a theft discovered during the county’s annual audit by the Nebraska State Auditor.
The theft involved thousands of dollars in public funds under his control as a county official. Edwards ran a diversion program while he was the Keith County Attorney. He presently serves as Dundy County Attorney.
The terms of the sentence include restitution of nearly $3,700, 90 days of jail time, 1200 hours of community service, nine months of house arrest, three years of intensive supervised probation and psychological evaluation.
The theft was discovered by Deann Haeffner and the audit team of the Nebraska State Auditor’s office in the course of an annual audit of the county.  Haeffner testified in the criminal court proceeding as to her audit findings.
State Auditor Mike Foley stated last week that he is pleased that justice has been served in the case and complimented Haeffner for her meticulous and professional audit work.
“Edwards was the chief criminal prosecutor in Keith County and has now learned that he is not above the law,” said Foley.