Nebraska woman accused of role in dad's nearly $2.5M embezzlement scheme takes plea deal

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FREMONT, Nebraska — A Fremont woman implicated in her father's nearly $2.5 million embezzlement scheme has pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts and could go to prison.

Joleen Cameron entered the pleas on Wednesday in Dodge County District Court to theft and two counts of attempted filing of false tax returns, according to the Fremont Tribune (http://bit.ly/1Me7hEy ). Prosecutors had reduced the charges from felonies in exchange for Cameron's no contest pleas, which are not admissions of guilt but are treated as such for sentencing purposes.

Cameron, 43, and Kathy Springer-Hesman, 51, also from Fremont, were accused of helping Cameron's father, Dennis Hesman, steal from his employer. The 66-year-old Hesman, who died in August, had pleaded not guilty to accusations that he created fake grain receipts at the Fremont grain elevator he ran for Gavilon, the Omaha-based commodities company.

Prosecutors said some of the money embezzled by Hesman was given to Cameron, and she didn't claim it on her taxes for 2011 and 2012. A lawsuit to recuperate the lost funds has been turned over by Gavilon to its insurance company. The court could order restitution in the case at sentencing, prosecutors said.

Springer-Hesman, who is Hesman's daughter-in-law, and Cameron are scheduled to be sentenced on March 27. Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass has said both women face up to three years in prison.


Information from: Fremont Tribune, http://www.fremontneb.com

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