Verdigre Clerk Agrees to Civil Fine

VERDIGRE  (AP) - A former Verdigre village clerk has been fined $6,000 by the Nebraska Accountability & Disclosure Commission for abusing her position as a public officer. The commission found Alisha Bartling made a housing loan to herself and her husband. It also found she had made loans to her husband's business and brother-in-law and failed to keep accurate records of the loans or enforced timely payments on them. The commission voted unanimously Friday to impose the $6,000 fine. Bartling, who was named the 2011 Outstanding Clerk of the Year, agreed to the fine. The commission's finding and fine are separate from three criminal charges of theft that Bartling faces.