Former regent Hergert stalls for plea deal

Former University of Nebraska regent David Hergert is still negotiating a plea agreement, so a court hearing has been delayed. Hergert was expected to change his pleas at a hearing Tuesday.

Hergert's attorney Mike Nelsen told Scottsbluff radio station KNEB that the federal hearing was rescheduled for March 17. Hergert was indicted in February 2009 on 18 counts of bank fraud and has pleaded not guilty. Hergert is accused of inflating the assets of Hergert Milling Inc. from January 2000 to December 2006, so he could keep a $3 million revolving loan from First National Bank of Omaha.

In 2006, Hergert was removed from the Board of Regents when he was convicted by the state Supreme Court of manipulating campaign-finance laws, then lying to cover it up.