A former Morrill County woman is facing felony charges for the alleged theft of money from the Bayard Cemetery District.
69-year-old Joyce Mick of Lincoln will be arraigned in Morrill County District Court Jan. 3, on charges of theft by unlawful taking $5,000 or more, a class 2A felony and theft by unlawful taking, $1,500 to $5,000, a class 4 felony.
While court documents do not give details for the charges, a State Auditor’s report in August said district financial records showed from January 2019 to October 1, 2021, Mick paid herself close to $16,000 more in total gross salary than she should have received as the-then Secretary-Treasurer.
The report also noted thousands of dollars in payments during the same time period that auditors said appeared “unusual for a cemetery district”, but did not say Mick was a direct beneficiary of those payments.
Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Gail VerMaas, acting as Special Deputy Morrill County Attorney, filed the charges at the end of October following an investigation assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol.