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The former Waverly city clerk who pleaded guilty this week to stealing from the village of Alvo died  Tuesday. 

Ginger R. Neuhart died at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings one day after pleading guilty in a Plattsmouth courtroom to theft by deception of more than $5,000.

Her obituary on the website of Kroll Funeral Home in Hebron didn't say how she died. Neither the Hastings Police Department nor the Adams County Sheriff's Office investigated her death, according to agency spokesmen.

Neuhart's Lincoln attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Neuhart had served as city clerk in several small Nebraska communities.

But in 2017, her work in Alvo, Memphis and Ithaca came under criminal investigation.

The first charges came last September in Cass County after a Nebraska State Patrol probe found Neuhart was altering her paychecks from Alvo and had stolen $39,000 over three years from the 132-resident village.

Patrol investigators began looking into Neuhart's handling of Alvo's finances after the village chairman discovered a $90,000 discrepancy between the village's actual account balance and what Neuhart had reported during a village board meeting.

Investigators believe Neuhart did that because she thought her services were worth more, according to court records.

Alvo Chairman Ryan Anderson said bank records show the loss was much greater than the allegations against Neuhart imply, but patrol investigators were barred from looking back further than three years because of Nebraska's statute of limitations for these cases.

A few days after her arrest in September, Neuhart was fired from her city clerk position in Waverly.

And in October, prosecutors in Saunders County charged her with theft from the communities of Memphis and Ithaca following reviews by the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts.

Those reviews found Neuhart had been overpaid more than $200,000 by the two villages since 2005, according to an affidavit for her arrest. Investigators discovered she had falsified treasurer's reports to board members, claiming Ithaca and Memphis had funds that didn't exist.

Those felony charges remained pending in Saunders County District Court, but they will be dropped following the finalization of her death certificate. 

Monday, Neuhart had agreed to pay $39,000 in restitution to Alvo. Court documents show she had already paid $15,000. 

Neuhart faced up to 20 years in prison at her sentencing May 29.

The Deshler native is survived by her husband and three adult children, according to her obituary.

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