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AG Bruning gets involved in Safe Haven theft case

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Nebraska's top lawyer is getting involved in a case involving a Bayard woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from wards she was appointed to protect.

Attorney General Jon Bruning's office has filed a motion to quash in Scotts Bluff County District Court regarding the theft cases involving former Safe Haven Director Judy Widener.

Widener's attorney had requested depositions from Auditor Mike Foley, Deputy Auditor Craig Kubicek, and Nebraska Court Administrator Janie Walker.

In the motion to quash, Bruning questions how their testimony would be helpful to the defendant or relevant to the proceedings.

A hearing on that motion will be heard on April 11th at 2:30 p.m.

Widener faces nine felony 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

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 Nickels County.

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