Grand Island woman accused of stealing funds

A 57-year-old Grand Island woman has been accused of stealing $47,500 from the Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center and racking up $121,500 more in questionable expenses when she was its director.

Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley's office made the allegations on Monday after reviewing Sondra Schwehn's spending at the request of a special prosecutor in Hall County. The alleged thefts and questionable spending occurred between January 2007 and September 2008.

About half the center's funding during that period came from the state. The center provides services to child victims of sexual assault. Schwehn left the center in September 2008.

There is no public phone listing for Schwehn and an attorney for her could not be located.