Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced Wayne County Commissioner Kelvin Wurdeman pleaded no contest to one count of theft between $200 and $500, a Class I misdemeanor and one count of official misconduct, a Class II misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled for November 5, 2012 in Wayne County Court.
“Commissioner Wurdeman sold county property for his own personal benefit,” said Bruning. “Today’s plea ensures he is held accountable for his actions.”
The plea stems from a Nebraska State Patrol investigation that showed Wurdeman sold a truckload of county-owned scrap metal and was paid by check. Wurdeman requested the check be made payable to his minor son. Wurdeman then forged the son’s name to cash the check.
Class I misdemeanors carry a possible maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Class II misdemeanors carry a possible maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Assistant Attorney George Welch is handling the case.