Archive for Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Ex-director’s court hearing set for Friday

February 18, 2004

Once again, a restitution hearing for former Tonganoxie Library director Beckie Borella has been rescheduled.
Last Friday, Borella was to appear in Leavenworth County District Court. When she didn't show, District Judge Frederick Stewart issued a bench warrant for Borella's arrest.
But late Tuesday morning, that warrant was withdrawn.
"Her attorney came in and talked with Mr. Kohl today," said Deborah Owens of Leavenworth County Attorney Frank Kohl's office. "We have reset her case for this Friday at 11 o'clock."
At the hearing, Owens said, Leavenworth accountant Steve Wagner will discuss an audit he performed on Tonganoxie Public Library books. The audit was performed to determine how much Borella owes in restitution to the library.
Borella, 45, has pled no contest to one count of misuse of public funds. Library officials and she disagree on how much money Borella converted to personal use.
Last Friday, Stewart set Borella's bond at $20,000 because the audit determined Borella misused more than that amount of money while she was library director.
A police investigation last April found Borella misused at least $5,000. Subsequent investigations by the library indicated the amount was more than $17,000. Those investigations were conducted before Wagner conducted his independent audit. Borella contends she misused substantially less money -- about $700.

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