Update: State Audit Hits ‘Town Hero’ for Possible ‘Mishandling’ of $700,000

Update: State Audit Hits ‘Town Hero’ for Possible ‘Mishandling’ of $700,000
Former Pilger Village Clerk Kimberly Neiman

Omaha, NE.—Several weeks following an exclusive News Channel Nebraska investigation surrounding the former Pilger Village Clerk—once hailed as a hero in the aftermath of twin tornadoes that leveled the town in 2014— she is front and center in a state audit involving the “mishandling” of more than $700,000.

Clerk Kimberly Neiman, who was suspended in December, was fired last month in the midst of an ongoing investigation by Nebraska  Attorney General Doug Peterson.

According to the audit, in December Neiman acknowledged “careless, negligent, abusive, improper, or unauthorized use of the village’s property, equipment or funds.”

NCN’s exclusive investigation (see video below) detailed tens of thousands of dollars in questionable spending, concerns about a scam and an unknown number of missing village emails.

NCN has unearthed check after check, 17 checks in all, ranging from $4,000 to $25,000. All but a few co-signed with Kimberly Neiman’s initials.

The checks are part of a public records request by NCN which found an insurance document claiming an estimated loss of over $194,000.

State Auditor Charlie Janssen’s 80-page report which details the town’s finances from the beginning of 2012 through the end of 2018,  says that the “vast majority of (scam payments) were not presented to the (Village) Board including multiple instances in which documentation, such as invoices, were on hand.”

The audit also notes a “summary of suspicious charges” made on the village’s credit card to the tune of $156,000 and $560,000 in questionable transactions with vendors—some with Canadian addresses— that appear to be scamming the village.

Neiman was village clerk for 20 years.  During that time, she received numerous awards including Nebraska Outstanding Public Administrator of the Year in 2015 and Outstanding Village Clerk in 2007.

The audit says Pilger officials have declined to respond.

Neiman has not been available for comment.

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