Nebraska woman given probation for food billing scheme

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

GERING, Neb. (AP) – A western Nebraska woman accused of billing a Scottsbluff restaurant for food it didn’t receive has been given three years of probation.

Online court records say 43-year-old Jan Harvey, of Morrill, pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted theft after prosecutors lowered the charge and dropped another count. Harvey also was given 30 days in jail and credited for one day already served.

Prosecutors say Harvey worked in sales for a company that supplies food to area restaurants. A court affidavit says she often would show up at the restaurant as food was delivered and take items off the truck, saying they were meant for another restaurant.

The affidavit says the restaurant paid for nearly $41,400 in food that it did not receive.