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Former Safe Haven Director charged with amended charges; including 9 felony theft by taking charges

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KOTA Territory News has learned that new charges have been filed against the 70-year-old woman appointed as a guardian to hundreds of wards of the state.

Judy Widener now has 11 specific charges of stealing from clients between 2012 and 2013. The charges are:

Five counts of Theft by taking (More than $1,500)- Class III Felonies

Four counts of Theft by taking (More than 500, Less than $1,500)- Class IV Felonies

Two counts of Theft by taking ($200 or less)- Class II Misdemeanors.

In the amended compliant, more than $23,300 worth of missing funds are highlighted from wards from all over the state- including Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Lancaster, and Nuckolls County.

People including Kent Scott, of Nance County, who was allegedly stolen from twice; including $6,573.98 on December 28, 2012, and another $187.24 on April 12, 2013.

Another alleged victim is Scotts Bluff County's own Deloris Kath, who around January 17th and 18th had payments taken out by Widener in the amounts of $234.44 and $454.60.

Widener's Attorney Sterling Huff filed a motion for a bill of particulars on February 14th, asking the state to identify which specific wards and amounts they were investigating. The amended charges were filed on February 24th.

If convicted on all the charges, Widener would face a minimum of five years of jail time.

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