Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2003

Srubas-Willis to appear against felony charges

March 27, 2003

After a myriad of delays, a former city of Basehor employee is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Friday, March 28 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Jennifer Srubas-Willis, a former assistant city clerk in charge of handling utility bills and municipal court costs, is charged with felony theft and misuse of public funds.

Both counts are felonies.

She has been scheduled to appear at various dates during the month of March but the hearings have been delayed or continued.

Srubas-Willis lawyer Catalina Thompson and Basehor city attorney John Thompson have yet to finalize an agreement that would resolve the case.

Under the proposed deal, Srubas-Willis would plead guilty to both charges and pay the city $15,000 restitution.

The Basehor City Council authorized Thompson to move forward with the deal during its meeting Monday, March 17.

Prosecutors said Srubas-Willis would most likely receive probation for both charges.

An exact amount of money allegedly stolen from city coffers is unknown. Basehor city officials said $15,000 is the only number that could be proven in court.

Srubas-Willis, a 1992 graduate of Basehor-Linwood High School, was hired as assistant city clerk in June 2001. She was fired in July 2002.

The city never gave an official reason for her dismissal.

An investigation into missing funds began in September 2002 and concluded in November of that year when police arrested Srubas-Willis at her Tonganoxie home.

Before working for the city, Srubas-Willis worked in the accounting departments of several different companies. She has worked for a non-profit organization, an insurance firm and a doctor's office.

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