Former Nebraska employee accused of stealing from state

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A former employee has been accused of stealing from the Nebraska Education Department.     

Lancaster County Court records say 46-year-old Nicole Coffey is charged with felony theft. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16. 

Prosecutors say she used a state credit card for more than $33,600 in personal purchases while working as state adviser for DECA, a student marketing organization.

A state audit report also says she sought reimbursements totaling $9,250 for purchases made on the card. The audit report says Coffey told the Nebraska State Patrol that she’d been lax in managing the card and in keeping her personal and professional expenses separate. She resigned her state post in May 2018.

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