UPDATE: Woman found guilty in daycare theft case

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A local woman was found guilty in Lincoln County District Court for stealing money from her former employer.

Judge Richard Birch found Michelle Seidler guilty for theft for stealing nearly $33,000 from the North Platte Kids Academy, which is a Class IIA felony.

However, count two, theft by deception and count three, criminal impersonation were dismissed.

Her sentencing is scheduled for May 6th at 10 am.

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Court records show Michelle Seidler plead not guilty in Lincoln County District Court Monday. The Not Guilty Plea is tied to two counts of theft by deception, more than $5,000, and one count of criminal impersonation.

Police officials said Seidler stole $33,000 from North Platte's Kids Academy and filed false claims with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

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STORY FROM: Aug. 30, 2018
The former director of the North Platte Kids Academy accused of stealing money from the day care provider and sending false claims to the Department of Health and Human Services was in Lincoln County Court Thursday.

Michelle Seidler appeared before Judge Michael Piccolo via video conference.

She waived her preliminary hearing.

Her bond was also reduced from 100 thousand dollars to ten percent of 50 thousand dollars.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for September 13th.

ORIGINAL:

Employees at North Platte Kids Academy told police about discrepancies found in the financial records after 41-year-old Michelle Seidler was fired in January of 2018.

Seidler was hired as an executive director in August of 2016. The police investigation focused on the financial records and funds managed by Seidler. Police say the investigation found close to $33,000 taken by several different methods. Officer Beth Kerr says Seidler continue to pay a former employee and then diverting the money into her own account.

Officer Kerr also says close to $11,000 in false claims were sent to the Department of Health and Human Services by Seidler, who then diverted those funds into her accounts.

Police arrested Seidler for theft from the North Platte Kids Academy, a Class IIA felony, theft from the Nebraska DHHS, a Class IIA felony, and Criminal Impersonation, a Class III felony.

An arrest warrant was issued for Seidler. Seidler turned herself in Wednesday afternoon at the Lincoln County Jail.