Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nebraska Woman Pleads No Contest To Charges Related to $2.5 Million Embezzlement Conspiracy With Her Father

From the Fremont Tribune on 2/11/2015:

A Fremont woman facing charges in connection to an embezzlement scheme was found guilty Wednesday in Dodge County District Court.

Joleen Cameron, 42, of Fremont pleaded no contest and was found guilty of theft by receiving stolen property, and two counts of attempted filing false income tax returns, all Class I misdemeanors.

Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass said Cameron faces up to three years in prison when she is sentenced March 27.

Cameron was arrested on June 9 on charges connected to an alleged embezzlement scheme involving her now deceased father, Dennis Hesman.

Hesman was arrested June 4 on 10 counts of theft by deception and one count conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Each count is a Class III felony and carried a potential one- to 20-year prison sentence.

Hesman pleaded not guilty to all charges July 21 in Dodge County District Court, and died 10 days later at the Veteran’s Hospital in Omaha.

In its case, the state alleged Hesman, the former superintendent at Gavilon Grain in Fremont, created false tickets for commodities between 2007 and 2013 that led to his receiving nearly $2.5 million.

During Wednesday’s arraignment, Glass told the court some of the money embezzled by Hesman was turned over Cameron, which she did not claim when filing her taxes in 2011 and 2012. Glass said Cameron has paid the state a substantial sum of money in back taxes.

A civil suit seeking to recuperate lost funds has been turned over by Gavilon Grain to its insurance company. The state could seek restitution in the case at sentencing, Glass told the court.

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