Archive for Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Plea still expected in case

February 26, 2003

Resolution of a criminal case against a former city of Basehor employee will have to wait until March, according to officials in the Leavenworth County district attorney's office.

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

Srubas-Willis, who was arrested at her rural Tonganoxie home last year, was scheduled to appear Friday in district court, where a deal was expected to be finalized.

However, the hearing was delayed until 9 a.m. March 7.

County officials said a plea in the case still is imminent, but needs final approval from Basehor city officials.

Under the agreement, Srubas-Willis will pay the city $15,000 in restitution and plead guilty to both charges.

"Catalina Thompson (Srubas-Willis attorney) is still trying to get everyone to sign off but as far we know it's still a go," said Debra Owen, Leavenworth County victim-witness coordinator.

The exact amount of money that Srubas-Willis allegedly stole is unknown.

In December, county officials said the figure could be as high as $30,000. However, Basehor city officials said that number could never be proven in court.

Charges were filed against Srubas-Willis in November, after a Basehor Police Department investigation into missing funds.

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

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