By: Cole Miller
A former Lincoln police officer leaves her jail cell to appear in court on a new charge. Cassandra Briggs, who stole thousands of dollars from the "Santa Cop" charity, faces more time behind bars.
This time, she's accused of felony forgery, for falsely reporting that her ATM card was stolen and used.
"The defendant reported on October 17th of 2012 that her ATM card from Bank of the West had been stolen while she was incarcerated," Deputy County Attorney Holly Parsley said.
Prosecutors say that it wasn't stolen though. In fact, they say Briggs had a conversation with her mother back in June of 2012 and sent her the debit card and PIN number and told her to withdraw money.
They're using phone records to back up their case. A total of two transactions amounting to $606 was taken out of the account. That's when Briggs filed a fraud affidavit with the bank.
However, she's pleading no contest to the charge.
"Briggs, on the information you provided me, I find that you understand your rights, that you understand the consequences of waiving those rights and that your waiver was free and voluntary, therefore I accept it," District Judge Karen Flowers said.
Before the forgery charge, in an interview with Channel 8 Eyewitness News last April, Briggs said she wishes she would've seeked help for her financial problems.
"I think if I would have reached out to my family or anyone in the union, the police department...I think I would have gotten that help," Briggs said.
Briggs is currently serving 2 to 5 years for stealing from "Santa cop." She faces up to another 5 years for this most current charge. She'll be sentenced April 30th.