Archive for Thursday, November 20, 2003

Former Basehor city employee pleads to Johnson County charge

November 20, 2003

A former Basehor employee who pleaded no contest in March to stealing funds from the city pleaded guilty last week to another theft charge in Johnson County District Court.

Jennifer Srubas, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday, Nov. 13 to misdemeanor theft charges in Johnson County District Court. She was placed on probation for 12 months; prosecutors said if she violates her probation, Srubas would receive an eight-month jail sentence.

The Johnson County case stemmed from charges filed against Srubas in September. According to reports, Srubas was caught attempting to steal 40 pounds of seafood, worth approximately $800, from a Wal-Mart in Shawnee.

Johnson County prosecutors said Srubas had earlier received diversion for another theft case, which occurred in 2002.

Srubas was hired as an assistant Basehor city clerk in June 2001. Her employment was terminated in July 2002. She handled utility bills and municipal court fees.

An investigation into missing funds began in September 2002. Srubas was later charged with misuse of public funds and felony theft in Leavenworth County District Court.

In March she pleaded no contest to misuse of public funds; the felony theft charge was dropped.

Srubas received an 18-month suspended sentence and paid the city $15,000 restitution. Prosecutors said that if she violated her probation agreement, she would serve seven months in prison.

This week, Leavenworth County prosecutors said Srubas had not informed her probation officer of the Johnson County charges and a review of her probation agreement was pending. The county could choose to pursue revocation proceedings against Srubas and seek jail time, prosecutors said.

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