A county judge has bound over criminal charges against Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing to district court, finding that the state met its burden to prove that crimes were committed and probable cause to believe Stebbing committed them.

Seward County Judge C. Jo Petersen gave no further elaboration in her two-paragraph order dated Wednesday.

Stebbing hasn’t yet been set for arraignment.

At a preliminary hearing earlier this month, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office said evidence shows Stebbing was selling vehicles as a business without a dealer's license. He used Craigslist and Facebook to sell 12 vehicles within a 12-month period and tried to sell a 13th.

Under state law, anyone who sells more than eight vehicles must register with the state as a dealer. Stebbing didn’t.

Stebbing’s attorney, Sean Brennan, contended several of the vehicle sales were "bonafide consumer transactions” that shouldn’t have counted toward the 12.

By law, vehicle owners can sell their car or truck even if they aren't a dealer if they have titled and registered it and had it for a period of time.

Brennan argued that prosecutors had overcharged Stebbing and that investigators should have notified him of deficiencies on his tax returns before they charged him with felonies.

Stebbing is charged with two counts of falsifying bills of sale, two counts of filing fraudulent state income taxes and one count of selling cars without a license, each a Class IV felony.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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