Wayne County Commissioner Kelvin Wurdeman has pleaded no contest to selling a truckload of county-owned scrap metal and pocketing the money.
The Attorney General’s office reports that Wurdeman pleaded no contest to one count of theft between $200 and $500, a Class I misdemeanor and one count of official misconduct, a Class II misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled for November 5, 2012 in Wayne County Court.
“Commissioner Wurdeman sold county property for his own personal benefit,” Attorney General Jon Bruning said in a written statement. “Today’s plea ensures he is held accountable for his actions.”
A Nebraska State Patrol investigation led to the arrest. Investigators accuse Wurdeman of selling a truckload of scrap metal that was owned by the county. He was paid by check. Wurdeman requested the check be made payable to his minor son. He then forged the son’s name to cash the check.
Class I misdemeanors carry a possible maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Class II misdemeanors carry a possible maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Assistant Attorney George Welch is handling the case.