Former Fairfield clerk changes plea

NELSON — Former Fairfield City Clerk Jennifer Bassett, accused of taking more than $100,000 in city funds to purchase everything from a cruise to spa supplies, changed her plea to no contest in district court Tuesday.

Bassett, 39, is charged with theft by deception involving more than $1,500. She previously pled innocent.

The case was heard in Nuckolls County District Court with Nuckolls County Attorney Timothy Schmidt serving as special prosecutor. The move was due to a conflict of interest for Clay County Attorney Ted Griess in that his deputy county attorney, Jennifer Fleischer, has been the Fairfield city attorney.

Theft by deception is a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Schmidt said Bassett could be required to pay restitution.

Her sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 11 in the Clay County Courthouse in Clay Center.

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